As you may know, former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney – who of course played Robbie Jackson on the show – was involved in a serious car crash at the weekend, during which he sustained what have been described as “serious head injuries.”
However, it’s been reported today that Dean, who underwent emergency surgery on his fractured skull, is making great progress and has even been sitting up and talking.
But it was also revealed that when Dean was first admitted to hospital, his girlfriend waited an agonizing three hours to find out if Dean would survive.
The accident happened on the A38 in Derby, and while no other vehicles were involved, Dean’s car crashed into the central reservation of the dual carriageway.
Speaking to The Sun last night, a friend of Dean’s girlfriend Sarah Burge said, “The three-hour journey from Surrey to Derby on Wednesday night must have been the longest of Sarah’s life.
“All she was told was that Dean had been in a car accident and had sustained serious head injuries, so she spent the entire drive fearing the worst.
“She had no idea what she would find when she finally arrived.”
When he was rushed by ambulance to the Royal Derby hospital, Dean was sent almost immediately to theatre for surgery. Last night he was “stable” and had regained consciousness.
The source added, “Dean had a serious wound reaching from his eyebrow all the way across the top of his skull. Luckily there was no brain damage.
“His surgeons say only time will tell if there has been any long-term muscle or tissue damage in the area, but at the moment all the signs are good.
“This has been a traumatic experience for his family. But they have been reassured by the surgeons that the operation went well.
“And this is a relief given their initial fears that he wouldn’t pull through.”
Another source told the Daily Star, “We don’t know when he will be allowed to return home, but it certainly won’t be straight away.
“It’s been a big shock for him and his family and they are spending some quality time together coming to terms with what happened.”
Meanwhile, Dean’s agent Roger Carey said, “Dean and his family would like to thank everyone for their good wishes and can confirm that he is recovering really well.”
And actress Natalie Cassidy, who played Robbie’s sister Sonia, tweeted, “All my love and thoughts to the best on-screen brother in the world.”
Here’s hoping for a speedy and full recovery.
Here’s a reminder of Dean playing Robbie…