Sir Bruce Forsyth's terrifying operation

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 December 2015
Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth underwent a 'terrifying' operation during which his family feared for his life

Sir Bruce Forsyth life-saving operation "scared" his wife "to death".

Lady Forsyth-Johnson has opened up about her husband's terrifying illness and the five-hour surgery the 87-year-old star went through, to repair two life-threatening aneurysms.

She said: "This has scared me to death, particularly waiting in that hospital when he was having his operation. That felt like an eternity"

The surgery took place on November 12 at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London, but the father of six - who has five daughters from two previous marriages and a 29-year-old son with Wilnelia - was admitted into intensive care straight away.

She told the Daily Mail: "Bruce hadn't wanted the children to come to the hospital because he didn't want them sitting there worrying about him, but there they were. We hugged each other and they stayed there with me through all that time – the operation took five hours.

"Then suddenly the doors opened and it was the two doctors to let us know everything had gone OK, but they'd taken him to intensive care.

"We cried so much. It's such an emotional thing when you care so much for someone."

Bruce is home from the hospital and while it will take him at least two months to completely recover, his 58-year-old wife says it feels like "an early Christmas present" seeing him on the mend.

She added: "It's amazing. I think we've gone around the corner now... Seeing my husband getting better is like having an early Christmas present."

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