Emma Willis rushed to hospital for emergency surgery

The presenter was suffering from horrific stomach pains

Emma Willis has undergone emergency surgery after a case of appendicitis.

The Big Brother presenter was suffering from horrific stomach pains and has spent the last week in hospital recovering.

Emma, 41, had a “horribly infected appendix” which if left alone, could have burst and been fatal.

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The mum-of-two has shared an Instagram post to thank the NHS for caring for her.

“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.”

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The star, who is married to Busted musician Matt Willis, is due to host the new series of Big Brother.

The reality show only has a month to go until it kicks off, and has been described as a “must-watch culture clash of modern Britain”.

Big Brother have said that we should all be ready “for a very British summer of contrasts, conflicts and collaboration…and more fireworks than you could imagine, as a selection of people, from a range of backgrounds, come together.”

We hope Emma’s back to full health in time to resume her hosting duties.