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Katie Piper In Hospital And Misses Daughter Belle's First Birthday

18/03/2015 12:09 | Updated 20 May 2015

Katie Piper

Katie Piper missed her daughter Belle's first birthday because she had to stay in hospital for seven days with complications from routine throat surgery.

The TV presenter Tweeted her sadness, but said Belle still had a great time.

She wrote: "Thanks for all the birthday tweets for Belle! Unfortunately I'm In hospital but her dad tell me she's had a lovely party x."

She later added: "Hoping tomorrow will be discharge day from hospital for me. 7 days without my daughter - feels so cut off!"

Katie, 31, was the victim of an horrific acid attack in 2008 by her ex-boyfriend, and has had to have regular procedures since.

She had been due to celebrate with her daughter and her fiancé but had to stay in hospital.

The Mail reports that Katie has the routine throat procedure fairly regularly to widen her oesophagus so she can swallow. Fibrous thick scar tissue forms over time, as a result of her swallowing acid in the attack.

A source told the site: "There was a slight side effect to the procedure causing the oesophagus to tear and causing air to leak into her body which is obviously very dangerous. She's stable now but sadly had to miss her daughter's first birthday."

No doubt she will be planning belated celebrations with Belle - though perhaps more laidback than this first birthday party.