British TV legend, Chris Tarrant, has suffered a mini-stroke during an 11-hour flight from Burma, resulting in him spending over a week in hospital!
The Sun newspaper reports that the star, best known for hosting the hugely popular quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, fell ill whilst on board the plane and was rushed from Heathrow Airport to nearby Charing Cross Hospital when it landed.
It is said that doctors first of all suspected that the OBE’s symptoms were from an asthma attack, until tests found a blood clot in his leg.
The blood clot was then removed during emergency treatment, which was hindered somewhat by Tarrant developing bronchitis, in order to prevent the star from suffering another, more severe stroke.
Tarrant’s agent and manager, Paul Vaughan, released a statement to the paper, in which he confirmed that the stroke was a minor, or mini, one as well as saying that it could have been a lot worse, explaining:
“The doctor describes it as a mini stroke, probably brought on by the asthma and bronchitis on the plane. They found a clot which they managed to break up.
“It was a clot in the leg and that can immediately go to the brain or lungs.”
Tarrant, who was returning home after filming a show in Burma the weekend before last when the incident occurred, is now under the care of specialist consultants who treated BBC’s Andrew Marr, who also suffered a stroke last January.
Vaughan went on to reveal that Tarrant is now on the mend, and has even started to make trips to his London flat during the day, but that he has to return to the hospital at night, and that a return to work was not on the cards any time soon, explaining:
“He is determined to leave hospital. But he’s not going back to work. This is a nasty wake-up call.”
We are sure you will join us in wishing Chris a very speedy recovery and our very best wishes… Get Well Soon Chris!!!!
Watch a recent interview with Chris Tarrant in the clip below: