TV presenterEamonn Holmeshas said that he felt “humiliated” as his co-presenter Isabel Webster had to help him through crowds after he stumbled while reporting onthe Queen’s funeral last month.
Eamonn, 62, is currently recovering fromsurgery to relieve his chronic back pain.He has previously spoken about his struggles with back pain after a dislocated pelvis led to three slipped discs.
Appearing on his usual GB News show via video call, Eamonn discussed how he felt with Isabel, 39, having to assist him as he stumbled and struggled on his crutch during the presenting stint, saying: “It was an issue for me.”
The presenting duo discussed their experiences covering the Queen's death and subsequent funeral.
Isabel reflected on how they were “up against the crowd,” explaining: “'There was a pack of around eight people wide, walking, all trying to see the royal procession and we were going against the crowd arm in arm, and it was a long walk.”
Praising his co-star for helping him, Eamonn said: “You're one of my dearest friends in life Isabel, and you go above and beyond the call of duty.
“I mean, there is such a beautiful heart with you. But I mean it was humiliating for me. You took me through that crowd. And I stumbled a few times, and my leg gave way a few times.”
“And after that I was a bit humiliated really. You didn't make any issue of it, but it was an issue for me.”
Eamonn opened up further about how this helped convince him to finally get the operation.
The formerThis Morninghost added: “I've been living with this injury for 18 months. And four times surgeons have said to me: ‘No, there's a 20% risk of this going wrong. We're not going to do it, let it heal itself.’
“'But it wasn't healing itself, and they found a surgeon who felt neurosurgery would help.
“It just got to the stage where I thought ‘I want my life back.’ You convinced me that day that I’ve got to try something. But this isn’t so much about me, this is about people who havelower-back injuries and live with chronic pain.I live with it.”
He continued: “There are so many people who suffer from this, and they have to suffer in silence.
“I want to try and speak up for them if I can. There's just so many people who don't have hope, people who have got pain and they know that it's not going to go away. So, if you are suffering from chronic pain, I send my sympathy to you.”
Eamonn then went on to tell viewers that he will find out if his surgery was successful next week.
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