WENN • GETTYFern Britton revealed she suffered complications after a routine operation
Just days after an hysterectomy last summer, the 59-year-old became seriously ill and could barely walk due to the intense pain.
The former This Morning presenter suffered in agony and later underwent tests where doctors discovered she had several abscesses and E.coli.
But the traumatic ordeal didn’t end there as she contracted pneumonia which resulted in a collapsed lung.
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Disclosing her secret battle, Fern told Prima Magazine: “This time last year I was fighting for my life. I’d gone into hospital on July 13 for a routine hysterectomy (which I had needed to deal with long-standing fibroids), four days before my birthday.
“The procedure – which was carried out at a local private hospital – went well and I received fantastic care. But when I came home three days later, the problems began.”
When the mother-of-four called the hospital, they suggested she took paracetamol and a “wait-and-see approach” but the pain soon intensified.
Fern later called an ambulance after being sick, but when they arrived she refused to go to hospital as she was feeling better, she said: “That was quite a bad decision.”