Television and radio host Richard Bacon has come out of a medically induced coma after becoming critically ill.
The former Blue Peter host was taken to hospital with suspected pneumonia eight days ago, after falling ill on a flight to Britain from the United States.
The TV star confirmed his illness on social media last week, praising the NHS for the treatment he had received.
Thank God I got ill in Britain (actually on the way to Britain, was taken off the plane in a wheelchair). Fuck all the ideology driven politicians who’ve messed up America’s healthcare system. Viva the NHS. Happy 70th. pic.twitter.com/ABEhSZXiRK
— richard bacon (@richardpbacon) July 5, 2018
But Mr Bacon’s sister has earlier confirmed that his condition has worsened, and he had a tracheotomy to aid his breathing.
Now his mother, Christine has said he is out of his coma but not yet fully conscious. She said her son was getting better.
She told the Nottingham Post: “It was such a relief when he opened his eyes, although he’s 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.”
She added: “There’s a long way to go yet, but this is a very positive step and it has eased my mind.”