Richard Bacon revealed to a friend from hospital that he thought he had pneumonia
13 July, 2018, 17:06
TV and radio presenter Richard Bacon has been put in a medically induced coma after becoming seriously unwell with suspected pneumonia.
The 42-year-old former "Blue Peter", "The Big Breakfast" and "Top of the Pops" presenter, who has been working in America in recent years, took ill on a flight to Britain from the U.S. last week and it's revealed he is suffering from pneumonia.
His mother Christine has said that her son is "getting better".
"He was having a lot of oxygen ventilation, a lot more than a normal person would need, through a pipe, as well as lot of antibiotics", she told the paper.
'They kept him like that for a week and we hadn't left his side, at one point we really felt we might lose him'.
Doctors are said to be "no closer" to finding out what is wrong with the star.
"There's a long way to go yet, but this is a very positive step and it has eased my mind".
The presenter told fans he was hospitalised seven days ago, sharing a picture of himself at the hospital on social media. Juliet Bacon said in her Instagram post she had been visiting him in intensive care for a week and that her brother was in a medically induced coma. The BBC also reports that the 42-year-old dad of two had to have a tracheotomy to help him breath.
Bacon started his career on BBC Radio Nottingham before going on to present on national television and radio shows including the Big Breakfast, Top of the Pops and Radio 5 live.
He now lives in LA working for Fox hosting a television show about the news.
Bacon, who now works for Fox TV in the United States, is married to Rebecca McFarlane, daughter of Barclays' chairman John, and has two children.
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