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Emma Willis thanks hospital staff after surgery on 'horribly infected appendix'

She originally thought she had a bad case of trapped wind.

TV presenter Emma Willis is recovering after undergoing surgery for a “horribly infected appendix”.

The Big Brother host, 41, told her followers on Instagram that she was admitted to hospital after developing a stomach ache she originally thought was “a bad case of trapped wind”.

Emma shared a photo of herself with her surgeon and said: “It’s been a funny old week… Post 1 of 2… A week ago yesterday, I was meant to take@mattjwillis on a surprise birthday trip to ibiza.

It's been a funny old week.... Post 1 of 2... A week ago yesterday, I was meant to take @mattjwillis on a surprise birthday trip to ibiza. Instead, at 6am, I entered Barnet General A&E with a stomach ache that was getting progressively worse. I thought I may be wasting everyone's time with a bad case of trapped wind 😳, but 9 hours later, I was wheeled into theatre and what they found was a horribly infected appendix. The man in this picture was my surgeon, Marco Venza. He, and his team, were incredible. Thank you so so much for taking care of me and for putting me at ease every time I panicked!Thank you to Amy, Scarlet, Karen, Caroline, Sophia, Jan, Mary-Beth, Gemma, Maha, Clement, Gabriel, and all the other brilliant and kind people who work on Damson ward. And finally, to everyone working their butts off within the NHS fighting to make it work, thank YOU! #longlivetheNHS

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“Instead, at 6am, I entered Barnet General A&E with a stomach ache that was getting progressively worse.

“I thought I may be wasting everyone’s time with a bad case of trapped wind, but 9 hours later, I was wheeled into theatre and what they found was a horribly infected appendix.”

Emma thanked hospital staff for their care.

She said: “The man in this picture was my surgeon, Marco Venza. He, and his team, were incredible.

“Thank you so so much for taking care of me and for putting me at ease every time I panicked!

“Thank you to Amy, Scarlet, Karen, Caroline, Sophia, Jan, Mary-Beth, Gemma, Maha, Clement, Gabriel, and all the other brilliant and kind people who work on Damson ward.

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“And finally, to everyone working their butts off within the NHS fighting to make it work, thank YOU!”

The star added the hashtag “#longlivetheNHS”.

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