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Emotional send off for Eamonn Holmes as he prepares for hip op


Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes said an emotional goodbye to the This Morning sofa yesterday as he prepares for a double hip operation.

The TV presenter and his wife Ruth Langsford revealed their worries about the big procedure that will see Eamonn take 10 weeks away from our screens.

He explained: "It's just au revoir for a little while because I'm going to be rebuilt like Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man. They are going to take both my hips out and give me new ones. I'm really looking forward to it. I think it will bring a new lease of life."

Making light of the situation, Eamonn joked that this show "could be my last" but Ruth revealed she had been crying because she was worried about him.

Good luck messages flooded in from fans of the show, including from former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson who had a similar operation two years ago.

He said: "I believe you are going in for the big op on your hips. I got mine done two and a half years ago and now I am in great condition. I did all my exercises, listened to what the doctors said, listened to the physios. If you do that, you'll be back on that couch mooching with Ruth."

Eamonn (right), a lifelong Man United fan, said that seeing how the operation helped Sir Alex inspired him to finally get treatment.

He said: "The most impressive thing about The Boss is that he was sitting behind me at Old Trafford one day and he came along the row and he literally, after his operation, lifted his leg up and climbed over the seat and sat down and I thought 'well, there's my inspiration'."

He also received a basket of goodies from his team, including a shirt signed by Wayne Rooney. He joked: "Wazza, I didn't know you cared."

Top orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sarah Muirhead-Allwood will replace both joints when Eamonn goes into hospital next week.

At 56, some viewers said Eamonn seemed too young for the operation but he said he was in pain and walked with a stoop. Dr Muirhead-Allwood explained: "Ideally we would love to be replacing hips in people who are probably older but the reality is that younger people get hip disease and that greatly affects the quality of their life. "

Belfast Telegraph