Richard Madeley was ‘concerned’ for Martin Roberts weeks before hospital race
Martin Roberts spoke to Good Morning Britain’s Richard Madeley about his sudden health crisis, after nurses ‘saved his life’
Good Morning Britain host Richard Madeley was ‘concerned’ about Homes Under the Hammer presenter Martin Roberts before he was rushed to hospital last week, he revealed on Monday .
Martin joined Richard and Susanna Reid on the ITV show on Monday to detail his fear of life or death, revealing his heart was “choked” by liquid.
The host recently revealed that he learned from doctors that he suffers from cardiac tamponade, when extra fluid builds up around the heart and puts pressure on it, preventing it from pumping properly.
Martin is recovering in hospital after the close call as what started as chest pains led to emergency surgery – with him revealing he could have had ‘hours to live’.
Speaking on GMB on Monday, Richard told her: “I have to tell you Martin, when Susanna and I spoke to you when you were at Medyka about a month ago, we spoke after the show and we were a bit worried about you.
“You crossed Europe pretty much non-stop to get there, and although you gave a very good image of yourself, you looked exhausted. You then returned home and this terrible health crisis suddenly fell from a clear blue sky.”
Martin said: “I’m aware of the signs of a heart attack, which is these things, but with tingling and stuff. So as a guy, I thought I’d get through the week .
“By the time it arrived on Tuesday, Wednesday, I felt so bad my wife took me to A&E, and basically I was rushed by A&E and long story short, they found out I had actually water or liquid around my heart, which compressed the heart so much that it could have stopped at any moment.
“Unlike a normal heart attack, there’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t do the whole defibrillator or chest massage, because the heart itself is literally strangled.
“So within three to four hours I was in an emergency operating room, they put a tube in this bag around my heart and they drained a liter and a half of fluid which I literally strangled.”
Speaking of the ‘deadly’ liquid that leaked out of his chest, he added: “They literally saved my life, Richard.”
Martin first shared the news on Twitter in a video on Thursday, with the caption: “So. Kinda shocking. Luckily I’m here to tell the story…”
He then said: “Well I have to say that’s not where I expected to watch Homes Under the Hammer. Little good news, little bad news. I ended up in hospital in Bath yesterday .
“I had some chest pains and just generally felt lousy so I was brought here and it turned out I had a huge amount of fluid all around my heart which was preventing in makes my heart work.
“If they hadn’t got rid of it, which they did in an emergency operation last night, then it’s pretty bad, like hours of living in some kind of c*** .So here I am, still here, thank God, thank God and the angels, all those things.”
Martin continued, “There’s a lot of other complicated things that happened as a result, but we’ll work on those, and I’ll let you know. In the meantime, there’s a good TV show on which I think I’ll look here.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV and ITV Hub.