TV pre­sen­ter Ba­con out of med­i­cally in­duced coma

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Sarah Marsh

The tele­vi­sion and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Richard Ba­con has been brought out of a med­i­cally in­duced coma af­ter be­com­ing se­ri­ously un­well with sus­pected pneu­mo­nia.

Ba­con’s mother, Chris­tine, said yes­ter­day that he was out of the coma but not yet fully con­scious. She said that her son was “get­ting bet­ter”.

In an in­ter­view with the Not­ting­ham Post, she said: “It was such a re­lief when he opened his eyes, al­though his not re­spond­ing to us very well yet we can see that he is get­ting bet­ter.

“The doc­tors have said he is very dis­tressed and confused af­ter be­ing in a coma for a week, which you can un­der­stand, and that we need to keep talk­ing to him and re­mind­ing him of where he is.

“It’s been so wor­ry­ing. We have spent so many hours by his bed­side with him not know­ing we are there. The NHS has been ab­so­lutely bril­liant.”

Ba­con fell ill on flight from the US and was taken eight days later to Lewisham hospi­tal in south-east Lon­don.

The for­mer BBC Ra­dio 5 Live pre­sen­ter, whose first ma­jor job was host­ing Blue Peter was well enough when he was ad­mit­ted to tweet pho­tos, say­ing: “Thank God I got ill in Bri­tain (ac­tu­ally on the way to Bri­tain, was taken off the plane in a wheel­chair).”

Doc­tors re­port­edly put Ba­con in an in­duced coma af­ter he failed to re­spond to treat­ment for pneu­mo­nia, which had spread to both lungs.

Ba­con started his ca­reer on BBC Ra­dio Not­ting­ham be­fore go­ing on to present TV shows in­clud­ing the Big Break­fast and Top of the Pops. He joined 5 Live to present the latenight show on week­ends. Ba­con then worked for BBC 7 (now Ra­dio 4 Ex­tra) and then as a DJ for Cap­i­tal FM, fol­lowed by Xfm Lon­don. He has a show on Fox TV and lives in Los An­ge­les.

Richard Ba­con was put in an in­duced coma by doc­tors at a Lon­don hospi­tal af­ter he failed to re­spond to treat­ment for pneu­mo­nia

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