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Kelly thanks NHS staff for care

Television presenter Lorraine Kelly has thanked staff and fans as she left hospital more than a week after falling from a horse.

The 52-year-old ITV1 star was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, last week when the horse trampled on her leg following the fall.

She lost blood in the accident and underwent surgery for a deep wound on one of her thighs.

Kelly said on Twitter this morning: "Finally out of hospital. Thanks for all your lovely tweets - really means a lot to know you are thinking of me. It was a bad accident but could have been so much worse."

In a later tweet, she added: "Staff at Gunning Ward in St George's Hospital were brilliant. NHS at its finest. My thanks to all of them - kind, caring and professional."

The fall happened while she was training for a modern pentathlon she was taking part in for the charity Piggy Bank Kids.

Kelly was training at a riding school in Surrey for the event, which took place last Wednesday and would have seen her compete alongside Sarah Brown, wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in events including riding, fencing, swimming, running and shooting.

During her second lesson for the riding discipline she fell from the saddle approaching a jump.

Kelly, who is reportedly being lined up as the new presenter of ITV breakfast show Daybreak, said she suffered a "real fright" from the fall.

Her injuries are expected to take around four weeks to heal and her television programme Lorraine is being presented by Helen Fospero in her absence.

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