Chris Tarrant suffers stroke: ‘This is a nasty wake-up call,’ says manager
The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire presenter, 67, was returning to London from Burma a week last Saturday, when he fell ill on the plane
Chris Tarrant suffered what medical staff are describing as a “mini-stroke” after an 11-hour flight.
The presenter, 67, was returning to London from filming a fishing show in Burma a week last Saturday, when he fell ill on the plane.
He was rushed from Heathrow Airport to Charing Cross Hospital in West London, where doctors initially suspected he was suffering from a bad asthma attack.
After further investigation, they discovered a blood clot in his leg, and performed emergency surgery to destroy it before it dislodged and caused a full-scale stroke.
"The doctor describes it as a mini stroke, probably brought on by the asthma and bronchitis on the plane," The Sun quotes Tarrant’s manager, Paul Vaughan, as saying.
"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."
Vaugn said that Tarrant had started making trips back to his London flat, but returns to the hospital at night.
"He is determined to leave hospital. But he’s not going back to work," he added. "This is a nasty wake-up call."
Since its first broadcast in 1999, the show has spawned 83 foreign language versions, an Oscar-winning film and countless board games.
Yet despite its expansion, only five contestants have ever won the million pound prize.
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