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First Dates star Merlin Griffiths ‘back home’ after being hospitalised for cancer ‘complications’: ‘I’m alive, which is the main thing’

Merlin was diagnosed with bowel cancer in September last year (Picture: Merlin Griffiths/Instagram)

First Dates star Merlin Griffiths has announced he’s ‘back home’ after he was hospitalised with ‘complications’ relating to his bowel cancer.

The 47-year-old, who works as the barman on the popular Channel 4 series, announced he had been diagnosed with the disease in September last year.

He recently underwent surgery to have a tumour removed and was said to be keeping ‘positive’.

However, on Tuesday, Merlin shared a post from a hospital bed, writing: ‘Oh Squibwibble,’ with a fingers crossed emoji.

The post included a photo of himself laying in a hospital bed with a unicorn face mask on and a bandage on his hand.

Now, Merlin is back home again but will be returning to hospital on Friday.

He shared to Instagram: ‘Home again. Back again Friday.

Merlin is back home again after suffering from complications (Picture: Merlin Griffiths/Instagram)

‘Had a very very small #anastamoticleak with abscess and collection.

‘It’s a dreaded complication with any bowel resection.’

The 47-year-old said he’d suffered ‘complications’ two months after surgery to remove a tumour (Picture: @merlinfdc4, Instagram)

Merlin added that his ‘awesome surgeon’ is ‘confident we can fix it.’

He continued: ‘For now it means having more tubes lodged up my arse and regular hospital visits for mini-operations until it’s healed.

Merlin is known for appearing as the barman on Channel 4’s reality series First Dates (Picture: @merlinfdc4, Instagram)

‘Strict rest only orders for me too.

‘I’m alive, which is the main thing,’ he concluded.

He later shared another post to Instagram, thanking fans: ‘Thank you everyone for wishing me well x You’ve all cheered me up immensely!’

Merlin has thanked fans for their support, saying they’ve cheered him up ‘immensely’ (Picture: Channel 4)

It comes just weeks after First Dates star Fred Sirieix promised to keep in touch with his ‘incredible’ co-star, and said the barman is ‘incredibly stoic in the face of what’s happening to him’.

Merlin’s co-star Fred Sirieix called him ‘incredibly positive’ (Picture: Dave King/Channel 4)

‘I really love him. He’s incredibly positive and pragmatic as well. I’m just not surprised because that’s the type of guy he is. You can always rely on Merlin,’ Fred told the Mail Online.

He revealed that he has been speaking over the phone and texting with Merlin, ‘making sure he’s ok’.

Merlin underwent surgery in April after raising awareness during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

After the surgery, he thanked the NHS for ‘literally saving my life’.

First Dates is available to watch on All4.



Macmillan cancer support

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, Macmillan can offer support and information.

You can contact their helpline on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week from 8am to 8pm), use their webchat service, or visit their site for more information.

 


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