Merlin Griffiths looked tired as she posted a selfie to Twitter as he admitted he was in “pain” but “didn’t have a tumour”.
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First Dates barman Merlin Griffiths has thanked the NHS for saving his life as he shared an amazing photo of himself from a hospital bed.
The 46-year-old looked tired as she posted a selfie to Twitter as he admitted he was in “pain” but “didn’t have a tumour”.
Last year he announced he had been diagnosed with colon cancer and vowed it “wouldn’t take over [him]”.
The father of one was told by doctors he had a 75 per cent chance of living more than five years after medics found a 4.5 cm stage three tumor.
And on Thursday, Merlin prepared to prepare for surgery to remove the tumor while wearing a unicorn face mask.
He shared the photo on Instagram and wrote: “Ready like never before. tumor removal time. #bowelcancerwarenessmonth.”
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Merlin took to social media early in the morning after the surgery and wrote: “2am. Hoses out everywhere. aches and pains. But no tumor! #bowelcancerwarenessmonth.”
He added on Twitter: “Thank you #NHS for literally saving my life. #BowelCancerAwarenessMonth.”
Merlin announced last month that he would have robotic surgery to remove the tumor.
The TV bartender, who owns a pub in Lancashire, wrote in March: “Operation planned. 3 weeks to pull myself together. Robotic surgery, welcome to the future!”
In robotic surgery, surgeons control the arms of a machine with four limbs that hold surgical instruments and a camera. The doctors see the operation through a magnified screen.
Merlin previously described the moment he had to explain his diagnosis to his seven-year-old daughter Alix.
He recalls, “I said, ‘Dad has cancer.’ She said, ‘Is that bad, Dad?’
“I said, ‘Yes, it’s very serious, but I think it should be okay. Modern medicine is great and if anything changes I’ll let you know.”
“She understands that people can die, but I told her that cancer comes in different forms and in different ways – and that many people get through it.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/first-dates-merlin-griffiths-shares-26724565 First Dates' Merlin Griffiths shares a stunning photo from his hospital bed as he thanks the NHS