Coronation Street star Simon Gregson has paid a touching tribute to the NHS after doctors saved the life of his wife, Emma Gleave, over the weekend.
Simon, who plays Steve McDonald in the ITV soap, tweeted: “So three times the wonderful doctors of the NHS have saved my wife’s life even when so over worked and at breaking point”
Emma, 34, was rushed into hospital and was believed to be just hours from death over the weekend.
According to The Sun, there was no doctor on call to treat her due to staff shortages, but one kind-hearted consultant made a midnight dash to operate on Emma – and probably saved her life.
The drama is said to have unfolded on Friday night when Emma was rushed to Wythenshaw Hospital in Manchester.
Mum-of-three, Emma, also took to Twitter to tell her followers of her ordeal.
She tweeted: “I usually wouldn’t do this but I was a couple of hours away from not being here to write this.
“I owe my life to Dr Arora who travelled to scan me at midnight and preformed life-saving surgery on me through the night.
“Our NHS is amazing!!!!! Everyone here does the work of 10 people on their own! Stop the cuts…. the NHS are the backbone of our country.”
The Corrie star’s wife has had a string of close shaves and recently revealed she has suffered a heartbreaking 11 miscarriages.
Simon’s colleagues and fans sent Emma messages of support and well wishes.
Beverley Callard, who plays Steve’s mum Liz in the soap, tweeted: “The NHS are truly fantastic! X”
Meanwhile, a fan joined in the praise for for the hospital tweeting: “Great hospital and staff, saved my life too. Can’t ever repay them.”
Simon and Emma have been married for seven years and have three sons together, Alfie, nine, Harry, seven, and one-year-old Teddy.
They revealed recently that Teddy was actually a twin but they lost one baby early in pregnancy.