Emma Willis revealed appendicitis almost killed her and opened up about the illness during her appearance on ITV’s This Morning.
The Big Brother presenter told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that she ignored the symptoms at first but went to the doctors after suffering excruciating stomach pains.
The star revealed she was forced to cancel a flight after being admitted to A&E and had to undergo emergency surgery.
The 41-year-old said: “I was about to get on a plane take my husband away for his birthday and I had a tummy ache.
“I thought ‘I don’t know what’s going on. I’d better get myself checked out’.
“So I went into A&E and they said: ‘You need surgery’.”
She added: “It was really weird. It was appendicitis.
“They said that for how gross it was when they got in there, they couldn’t understand why you weren’t in more pain.
“And I was like, ‘I’ve had three kids’.
“It just felt like a bit of a tummy ache.”
The star shared a photo on Instagram to thank the nurses that looked after her.
Alongside a selfie with her surgeon she wrote:”It’s been a funny old week…. Post 1 of 2… A week ago yesterday, I was meant to take @mattjwillis on a surprise birthday trip to ibiza. Instead, at 6am, I entered Barnet General A&E with a stomach ache that was getting progressively worse.
“I thought I may be wasting everyone’s time with a bad case of trapped wind, but 9 hours later, I was wheeled into theatre and what they found was a horribly infected appendix.
“The man in this picture was my surgeon, Marco Venza. He, and his team, were incredible. Thank you so so much for taking care of me and for putting me at ease every time I panicked!”
She added: “Thank you to Amy, Scarlet, Karen, Caroline, Sophia, Jan, Mary-Beth, Gemma, Maha, Clement, Gabriel, and all the other brilliant and kind people who work on Damson ward.
“And finally, to everyone working their butts off within the NHS fighting to make it work, thank YOU! #longlivetheNHS.”
During her appearance on the lunchtime show the mum-of-two was quick to blast rumours that her and hubby Matt, 34, are planning to renew their wedding vows.
She said: “I had a conversation with a journalist who said it was my 10th wedding anniversary and asked if I would be renewing my wedding vows.
“I said that would be a lovely idea. And then it was all over the press saying we are renewing our vows.”