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18/07/2018 15:32 BST | Updated 18/07/2018 15:34 BST

Richard Bacon Thanks Wife In Touching Message As He Prepares To Leave Hospital After Being In A Coma

'Every facet of my life would be worse without Rebecca in it.'

Richard Bacon has paid tribute to his wife, as he prepares to leave hospital.

The 42-year-old former ‘Blue Peter’ host was hospitalised earlier this month after he became ill on a flight from the US with suspected pneumonia.

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Just 90 minutes after walking into Lewisham hospital and “complaining of shortness of breath” he was placed into a medically-induced coma to allow his body to fight the infection.

The broadcaster, who lives and works in LA, is now well enough to leave hospital and on Wednesday he paid tribute to his wife Rebecca in a touching tweet.

“Last full day in hospital. Every facet of my life would be worse without Rebecca in it. How will I ever thank her?” he tweeted.

The message continues: “I was in a coma for nine or ten nights (I just learned). That’s a lot of staring at your husband and his pipes. And a lot of worry.”

Earlier this week, the star revealed that he “nearly died” during his time in hospital.

He tweeted: “So, I did six days straight in a coma. Been here another four since. It’s an (as) yet unidentified double chest infection. I nearly died. At one point, as I was run down a hallway to ICU (an intensive care unit) at midnight, with a massive needle jammed in my chest - bit like Pulp Fiction - I thought, ‘This is it.’”

Richard has also taken the opportunity to praise the NHS and Lewisham Hospital.

“Low on energy but I love and admire all the team LEWISHAM HOSPITAL. VivaTheNHS,” he tweeted.