Sir Bruce Forsyth spent five nights in intensive care following severe chest infection


by Emma Dodds |
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We hope you're ok, Brucie!

TV legend Sir Bruce Forsyth has spent five nights in intensive care after being diagnosed with a severe chest infection.

Brucie, 89, was rushed to hospital on Sunday after suddenly becoming ill, but is apparently now looking forward to getting home.

According to the Daily Mail, the [Strictly Come Dancing] presenter was preparing to return to his home in Surrey last night where his wife, Lady Wilnelia Forsyth, 59, will take care of him.

Bruce with his wife, Wilnelia (Credit: Getty Images) ©Getty Images

Speaking to the paper, a friend of Bruce said: "He was put straight into ICU because of his age, and the nature of his illness. He was in a lot of pain, but has been very stoical throughout.

"Wilnelia was by his bedside virtually the entire time, and has been amazing. Now Bruce just wants to get home, and slowly build his strength back up again. He remains in great spirits."

Although chest infections are normally treated with antibiotics, they are far more serious for elderly people.

Bruce with his Strictly Come Dancing co-presenter, Tess Daly (Credit: Getty Images) ©Getty Images

The hospital stay is the latest in a series of health problems for Bruce, who worked in TV for 76 years. He was forced to give up his Strictly gig after his health started to take a hit.

He had to have keyhole surgery in 2015 after a fall at his home, and doctors found two aortic aneurysms, which is where the main blood vessel from the heart swells.

This meant that he did not appear publicly anywhere at all last year, made even more painful by the fact that he couldn't be present at the funerals of his friends Terry Wogan and Ronnie Corbett.

Brucie's wife of 34 years, Wilnelia, appeared on This Morning last year and discussed how life is now for the couple. She said: "He's the man I fell in love with because his brain is still there. He has a bit of a problem moving but we still laugh and talk.

"I pray, I believe. The main thing is that he's doing well."

Fingers crossed that Sir Bruce picks up!

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