TOWIE’s Liam ‘Gatsby’ Blackwell was rushed to hospital with a hiatal hernia for a ‘life-changing’ operation

TOWIE’s Liam ‘Gatsby’ Blackwell was rushed to hospital for a ‘life-changing’ operation and faces a lengthy recovery after suffering a hiatal hernia

Liam ‘Gatsby’ Blackwell has been rushed to hospital with a hiatal hernia and forced to undergo “life-changing” surgery.

The TOWIE The star, 33, took to his Instagram on Thursday to share a photo of him in his hospital bed and explained that he had returned from THE receive treatment at The Holly Private Hospital in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

The former professional footballer, who joined the reality show in 2015, revealed that he is now following a liquid diet after surgeons worked to repair his stomach.

Hospital dash: Liam 'Gatsby' Blackwell was rushed to hospital with a hiatal hernia and forced to undergo surgery that

Hospital dash: Liam ‘Gatsby’ Blackwell was rushed to hospital with a hiatal hernia and forced to have ‘life-changing’ surgery

At the bottom of the snapshot, Gatsby wrote: “I would still have been in Los Angeles, but the reason I came home was to have surgery.”

“I have been suffering from a hiatal hernia and acid reflux for a few years, but it got to the point where I couldn’t eat and drink fluids at the same time without it coming back.

“Imagine eating a meal and being thirsty and not being able to drink a glass of water with it or the food you just ate will reappear. Also, the burning taste of acid in my mouth most mornings.

Explanation: The TOWIE star, 33, took to his Instagram on Thursday to share a photo of him lying in his hospital bed, explaining that he had returned from Los Angeles for treatment at The Holly Private Hospital in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

Explanation: The TOWIE star, 33, took to his Instagram on Thursday to share a photo of him lying in his hospital bed, explaining that he had returned from Los Angeles for treatment at The Holly Private Hospital in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

‘I hope this surgery that repairs my stomach and hiatal hernia will change my life.

‘I don’t look forward to the next 6 weeks on a liquid/soft food diet so any advice from people who have had this surgery would be greatly appreciated x’

He then added: “Swipe to see who has flown thousands of miles to take care of me in my 2 month recovery” before adding a selfie of him with his devoted mother.

Come to his aid: then he added:

Come to his aid: He then added: “Swipe to see who has flown thousands of miles to take care of me in my 2 month recovery” before adding a selfie of him with his devoted mother.

WHAT IS A HIATAL HERNIA?

A hiatal hernia is when part of your stomach moves into your chest.

Symptoms include:

  • A painful burning sensation in the chest, often after eating (heartburn)
  • Passing out small amounts of bitter-tasting food or liquids (acid reflux)
  • Bad breath
  • burping and feeling bloated
  • feeling or being sick
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing

Hiatal hernias are much more common if you are over 50, pregnant, or overweight.

Minimally invasive surgery, which involves making small cuts in the belly, is usually used.

Source: NHS

A hiatal hernia is when part of your stomach moves into your chest and mainly affects people who are over 50, pregnant, or overweight.

According to the NHS, Gatsby will be in hospital for up to three days before being released and will need three to six weeks to return to work.

His surgery comes after it was reported last month that Gatsby had split from TOWIE girlfriend Dani Imbert once again.

The Essex couple have been plagued by split rumors since last year, but it seems they have finally gone their separate ways.

Gatsby confirmed the news in an Instagram Q&A where he was asked if he was single.

He replied: ‘We went our separate ways. It was the best decision for both of us. Wish you all the best.

Exes: His surgery comes after it was reported last month that Gatsby had split from TOWIE girlfriend Dani Imbert once again.

Exes: His surgery comes after it was reported last month that Gatsby had split from TOWIE girlfriend Dani Imbert once again.

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