Gypsy king Paddy Doherty all-clear from prostate cancer after six-hour op
Paddy Doherty has been given the all-clear from prostate cancer.
The TV Gypsy king, who has been secretly battling the illness for the past seven months , underwent a nearly six-hour operation after admitting to ignoring symptoms.
The 60-year-old, known for starring in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, was told that his surgery was a success by doctors and that he would have to take it easy for the next fortnight.
Paddy, who was in so much agony that he came close to suicide as he attempted to escape the incredible pain, emerged from the operation and declared "Thank god I’m alive".
Speaking to the Sun the Celebrity Big Brother winner said he was thrilled at how well the operation at Manchester Royal Infirmary had gone and that he’d been inundated with messages from people he had inspired.
"As the hours went by I got hundreds of messages from other travellers and members of the public saying they were now going to get checked out.
"They said, ‘There’s no prouder man than you Paddy, and if you can do it, anyone can.’
"That has meant the world to me. If I save one life then speaking about my own embarrassment and pain is a small price to pay."
The former bare-knuckle fighter revealed that he had gone to "hell and back" enduring months of pain before getting checked out by his doctor.
Paddy admitted that as a man he "didn’t like to talk about these things" but knew that after having trouble going to the toilet and then began passing blood that he needed to be treated.
After his initial diagnosis Paddy was treated with a course of strong steroids but they didn’t work, which meant he faced the operations – one to remove his prostate and the other to solve the blood loss problem.
After the success of the surgeries, Paddy was hoping to leave the hospital by Friday, with doctors saying he will need to rest in order to fully recover.
"The pain is still pretty horrendous but the docs have told me I’m going to be fine. That’s amazing in itself and I can never thank them enough," he added.
Paddy’s diagnosis came after the death of his 30-year-old nephew Mikey Connors in 2018 in a horrific horse and cart crash, his 17-year-old nephew Tom Doherty tragically died in 2017 after a car crash and his own father Simon passing away in the same year.
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