BROADCASTER Richard Bacon was put in a medically induced coma after contracting a mystery respiratory virus.
But what is a medically induced coma and why was the former Blue Peter star put in one? Here’s what we know…
Instagram Richard Bacon was admitted to hospital with suspected pneumonia and was placed into an induced coma.
What is an induced coma and why is it used?
A coma is a term to describe a state where someone is alive but unconscious and unreactive, with minimal brain activity.
Some people are able to breathe on their own, but others have to do so through a machine.
It can take anywhere between a few weeks and several years for a person to wake up from a coma.
Some people make a full recovery, others have lasting brain damage – normally depending on the cause and severity of their original brain injury.
A medically induced coma is when someone is sedated to give them time to recover from a major trauma.
The drug-induced sedation can reduce pressure on the skull if the patient has a brain injury – for example after a stroke, tumour or car crash.
Patients who have a lack of oxygen to the brain, for example after a heart attack or being rescued from drowning, may also be put in a coma.
Handout The former Blue Peter presenter praised the NHS after they took him in.
Why was Richard Bacon put in an induced coma?
The former Blue Peter presenter had been in critical condition for a week before he was placed into an induced coma.
His original diagnosis was that he had contracted pneumonia across both of his lungs.
Doctors were forced to take emergency action after he failed to respond to treatment.
A source close to Richard explained: “This is an extremely worrying time for everyone who loves him.
“Doctors started treating him for pneumonia but it soon became apparent that it wasn’t working and his condition took a dramatic turn for the worse.
“They had no choice but to put him into a medically induced coma to save his life because things spiralled so fast, but that was a week ago and they are no closer to finding out what is wrong with him or how to help him.
The LA-based radio host, 42, was stretchered off a flight from the US a week before he was induced into a coma.
The dad-of-two tweeted from Lewisham Hospital, South East London, writing: “Thank God I got ill in Britain (actually on the way to Britain, was taken off the plane in a wheelchair).” He also shared a worrying photo of him with nine wires strapped across his chest as he lay in a hospital bed. Richard and wife Rebecca McFarlane, the daughter of Barclays’ chairman John, have two children, Arthur and Ivy. On July 13, Richard’s mum, Christine, revealed her son was awake from his coma and “getting better”.
PA:Empics Sport Ray Wilkins suffered a cardiac arrest on Good Friday, and was put in a medically induced coma.
Why was Ray Wilkins put in an induced coma?
Chelsea legend Ray, who also played for Man United, AC Milan, Rangers and QPR, was put in an induced coma after suffering a cardiac arrest on March 30, 2018.
The 61-year-old was rushed to St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, South London, where he later died.