Emma Willis has undergone emergency surgery after a case of appendicitis. The Big Brother presenter was suffering from horrific stomach pains and has spent the last week in hospital recovering. Emma, 41, had a “horribly infected appendix” which if left alone, could have burst and been fatal.

The mum-of-two has shared an Instagram post to thank the NHS for caring for her. “It’s been a funny old week…. Post 1 of 2… A week ago yesterday, I was meant to take @mattjwillis on a surprise birthday trip to ibiza. Instead, at 6am, I entered Barnet General A&E with a stomach ache that was getting progressively worse.

“I thought I may be wasting everyone’s time with a bad case of trapped wind 😳, but 9 hours later, I was wheeled into theatre and what they found was a horribly infected appendix … to everyone working their butts off within the NHS fighting to make it work, thank YOU! #longlivetheNHS.”