Ant McPartlin praises “brilliant” NHS doctor who saved him from addiction and depression
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! host Ant McPartlin has praised the NHS doctor who helped turned his life around after a major knee operation.
The presenter underwent the operation earlier this summer, and Ant has been vocal about how this had sparked his drug addiction. However, Professor Deehan – the medical expert at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital – played a huge role in the star’s recovery.
Ant previously shared details of the “horrendous” operation, informing The Sun: “It’s a very painful operation. They physically break your bone. They’ve broken the tibia and moved it across to realign my leg to stop the pressure.”
Last night Professor David Deehan told the publication: “It is always a privilege to help and surgery is a team effort. It is also very easy and a joy to treat a patient who is so honest and as motivated as Anthony.”
A source close to Ant revealed: “Professor Deehan has been a huge part of turning Ant’s life around. Ant thinks he’s brilliant and can’t stop telling everyone how important this guy has been to his recovery.
“He was so let down by private healthcare, both in terms of his failed knee op and doctors who kept prescribing him dangerous painkillers in London. Ant knew he needed a different surgeon.”
The source continued to explain how Deehan will do yet another operation in the next six months, adding: “He has been incredibly supportive throughout his time in rehab.”
Ant suffered the injury three years ago when he was on tour for Saturday Night Takeaway with his co-host Dec Donnelly. He damaged his knee after a river dancing mishap but the private operation was unsuccessful and led to a hairline fracture, which in turn caused chronic pain.