Chef Brian Turner has revealed that he suffered a stroke last summer, as he expressed his gratitude to the medical workers who looked after him in hospital.
Earlier today, the 76-year-old appeared on James Martin’s ITV programme Saturday Morning, which also featured appearances from SAS: Who Dares Wins star Jason Fox and chefs Paul Ainsworth and Kenny Atkinson.
When Brian was in the kitchen, James gave him a nudge to remind him that there was something that he wanted to share on-air with viewers watching at home.
‘Unfortunately I had a stroke in June last year, and the people at the London hospital were fantastic and helpful,’ the TV personality and writer said, before explaining that his speech might be affected as a result.
‘So excuse me if I make a stammer occasionally,’ he said.
‘It’s ok,’ James, 50, assured him, as Brian added: ‘We’ll catch up in the end.’
‘I love you fella, so round of applause for all the people who’ve been looking after you. And it’s a pleasure to have you back,’ James stated, as the pair of them both clapped in honour of the members of staff at the hospital.
Several people watching the programme expressed their support for Brian, with one tweeting: ‘Nice piece on @jamesmartinchef this morning where we saw the return of Brian Turner who has been recuperating from a stroke. Lovely TV and proper food brought to life by Brian with empathy from James. I may have some dust in my eye…’
‘So lovely to see Brian Turner well again after his stroke and cooking again on #saturdayjamesmartin,’ someone else wrote, while another added: ‘Always liked Brian Turner. Brought back memories of my stroke seeing him. I hope you recover as well as you can Brian.’
One viewer said that they had ‘missed’ watching Brian on their TV, as they ‘wished him all the best’.
On Friday, BBC and Drive to Survive presenter Jennie Gow announced on Twitter that she had recently suffered a ‘serious’ stroke, which had impacted her speech.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
The NHS outlines that the symptoms of a stroke can be remembered by using the acronym FAST, which stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time.
When an individual suffers a stroke, they may not be able to smile, their face may have dropped to one side or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
They may not be able to lift both of their arms and keep them up, as one of their arms could be feeling weak or numb.
They may exhibit slurred or unclear speech, or be unable to talk at all and have difficulty understanding if someone else is speaking to them.
People are urged to call 999 if any of these symptoms are spotted.
In a statement, the 45-year-old said: ‘Hi everyone, been quiet the last few weeks, this is because I suffered a serious stroke two weeks ago.
‘My husband is helping me type this, as I’m finding it hard to write and my speech is most affected.’
She continued: ‘I’m desperate to make a full recovery and return to work, but it might take some time.
‘Thank you to the medical teams at Frimley and St George’s and my family and friends who’ve got me through the last fortnight X.’
Saturday Morning returns next Saturday on ITV.
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