Coronation Street star Simon Gregson and his wife Emma returned to Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester – where Emma’s life was saved last September after she suffered an ectopic pregnancy – to thank staff for their help.
Simon – who has three boys with Emma – revealed that the surgeon told him afterwards that if his wife had gone without treatment for another couple of hours she could have died.
Emma explained on Lorraine: “In September last year I started to feel a little unwell, and I just got this pure pain in my stomach where I couldn’t even stand up. I knew immediately that something was wrong. Simon decided to take me into Wythenshawe Hospital, which was our local hospital.”
Simon, who plays Steve in Corrie, added: “I was a bit worried because Emma is kind of like all the special forces rolled into one small body. So if she’s in pain, she’s in pain.”
Emma continued: “The surgeon at the time told me that I’d had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Being told that was probably the scariest moment of my entire life, because I didn’t know what an ectopic pregnancy was. And then kind of dealing with the fact that afterwards that the pregnancy wasn’t going to carry on.”
Simon Gregson: She could have died
Simon, 43, said: “That’s when the realisation hit home that this is very serious. I mean, the surgeon said afterwards that another couple and hours and she very possibly may have died.”
The pair were speaking on Lorraine as part of its campaigning celebrating 70 years of the NHS.
Simon thanked the NHS, saying: “I think it’s great to be able to raise awareness and help people understand how brilliant the staff at the NHS are.”
Emma said: “The staff at Wythenshawe Hospital absolutely saved my life. Other women don’t have the outcome that I had unfortunately. So I was very lucky.”
Lorraine is shown weekdays on ITV, 8.30am – 9.25am.
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