Sir Bruce Forsyth’s wife Wilnelia has opened up about helping the veteran TV star through his recent health issues, admitting that she was terrified about losing her husband.
Bruce was hospitalised in October after having a fall, and Wilnelia has now explained that health checks at the hospital afterwards led to the discovery of two aneurysms, that needed to be operated on.
Bruce is now on the mend, and in a candid interview with the Daily Mail, Wilnelia details her recent worries, stating: “I’m not ready to lose him yet.”
Speaking of Bruce’s surgery, she adds: “This has scared me to death, particularly waiting in that hospital when he was having his operation. That felt like an eternity.
“You think: ‘My God, will he come out all right?’ But you have to trust the doctors.
“The alternative — not having the surgery — was worse. It’s like you’re in a corner. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t, because this is such a fatal thing.”
Over the last two months, Wilnelia has been at Bruce’s side as his recovery progresses, and she goes on to discuss how tough it’s been.
“It’s been a really, really big worry for me — a very emotional two months.” she tells the paper. “I’ve been in tears at times, but have been trying to be positive in front of Bruce, telling him he was going to get better.
“It’s easy to say, but you just don’t know… Were it not for the fall — which left his face horribly bruised — two unrelated aneurysms, twice the size of a golf ball, would have remained undetected.
“He had every scan and test possible to try to find out why he’d fallen. The two aneurysms showed up on a body scan. It’s what they call a silent killer.”
Bruce was due to present the ‘Strictly’ Christmas special, which was filmed earlier this month, however he was forced to pull out of the show.
Speaking shortly after the keyhole operation took place, Bruce’s manager reassured fans that Bruce will be back in action soon, stating: “It is anticipated, given the minimally invasive nature of this operation, he will make a speedy recovery.”