Kate Garraway praises Ben Shephard’s ‘sensitivity’
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Ben Shephard, 46, has revealed he is having an operation on his leg after the presenter severed the nerves so badly he was unable to feel the damage during a football game. The Good Morning Britain host explained to viewers two weeks ago how he had ruptured his ACL, torn his meniscus and fractured his leg during a match.
Sharing an update with his concerned fans, Ben posted a photo from his hospital bed on his Instagram story as he awaited surgery.
The star shared a photo of his leg which was was marked up in pen with an arrow.
He typed: “Op happens today!! So far so good – arrow on the correct leg @antipeters on the TV + super stylish socks in place.”
When the star first obtained the injury, he had not realised how bad it was and decided to carry on playing.
Ben spoke out about his injury after his co-host Susanna Reid said live on air: “I wish I had taken a photograph in my dressing room this morning, because Ben came in with quite the get up on your leg.”
“Quite the outfit, yep,” said Ben.
“You had a sort of holding device?” Susanna asked.
“A brace,” Ben pointed out.
Recalling how he ended up with the brace, Ben said: “A few weeks to go, you may remember I played in the Cup Final of the Arthur Dunn veterans cup, my old boys team.
“We won the Cup Final, but I started with two legs and ended with one.
“Without realising, I have ruptured my ACL, I’ve torn the meniscus and I’ve fractured part of my leg as well.”
GMB’s resident medical expert Dr Hilary Jones commented: “That’s a nasty injury, that is a nasty injury.”
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“Did you prescribe the brace?” asked Susanna.
“No, but I approved of it! It’s not a great look, let’s be honest,” Dr Hilary quipped.
Joining in on the joke, Ben added: “It looks a bit Robocop-esque, interestingly I didn’t realise I had done it quite so badly, I carried on playing for 25-minutes before I thought, ‘It feels a little bit unstable, perhaps I should stop’.
“It turns out I had severed all the nerves which is why I couldn’t feel any pain, and just carried on playing.”
“Basically, this is the ligament that holds the lower leg on to the upper leg, so it’s very dramatic!” Dr Hilary explained to viewers.
Ben replied: “It was flapping about a bit! The sad thing is it didn’t affect my standard of football!”
The star is married to wife Annie Shephard and the couple have two children together.
The couple met back in 1995 at the University of Birmingham where Annie was studying philosophy.
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