Eamonn Holmes is opening up to fans, following major surgery on his back.
The TV presenter underwent the operation last week, and is currently recovering in his Belfast home. But he appeared remotely on GB News, to update viewers on how his surgery went.
Saying: “This time last week I was lying on a slab in a hospital being operated on. So, I’m one week on from the operation…. It’s early days and it will probably be about three weeks before they will know if it has been a success or not.”
Eamonn also thanked his co- presenter Isabel Webster, for being so accommodating as he takes time off, and also revealed just how challenging reporting was as he struggled with the chronic pain from his back.
Telling her: “Your actions convinced me…. you my lovely friend, after doing a week’s broadcasting on the Queen’s funeral, and you are so professional and fantastic, what people won’t know is where we were sitting was a bit of an assault course. When you do these broadcasts you’ve got to climb over scaffolding…”
“[People] see the lovely view but to get to the view takes a lot and it took a lot out of me I have to say.
“On the last day, throughout the week we’ve a wonderful producer, a little pocket rocket called Sarah… She was brilliant and she’s half my size and height and she was my crutch, literally my crutch, and it was quite embarrassing.
“Then on the last day, my lovely dear friend Isabel, had to walk me a fair distance… You’re one of my dearest friends in life and you go above and beyond the call of duty. There is such a beautiful heart with you.”
The Belfast man had been denied the surgery several times due to the risks involved, but was relieved when it final got the go ahead.
Saying: “I’ve been living with this injury for 18 months. Four times surgeons have said to me, ‘No, there’s a 20% risk of this going wrong, we are not going to do it, let it heal itself’, but it wasn’t healing itself.”
“And I found a surgeon who felt with neurosurgery he could make a pretty good attempt on this and he did.”
It comes as Eamonn was diagnosed with a dislocated pelvis and three slipped discs earlier this year.