Robert Webb offers health update after major heart surgery
After a big heart operation last year, Robert Webb is "absolutely fine" and "available for panto."
In 2019 the singer, most known as the work-loss musician Jez, found that he had a heart murmur caused by a prolapse of the mitral valve.
Since the problem of the second series of his sitcom was discovered during a routine medical examination, Back was told that he needed immediate surgery to save his life.
"What heart murmur?"
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At The One Show with co-star David Mitchell, the 48-year-old said that despite having had open-heart surgery he regained usual life expectancy.
"Everything got drastic because we had done rehearsing and it was like October 2019 – all pre-pandemic a very long time ago now – and I went to the cast.
"It's generally just that: 'Look about and cough, don't ask too many questions about your fitness' anything like that.
"And the doctor put on my heart his stethoscope.
I looked at his face, as you do, and he went...
That was not a positive indication. That was not a good sign.
"He asked, 'What have you done to the heart whispering?' And I said, 'What heart whispering?
"A few days later I've had a few tests, and a cardiologist said that in the next two to six months you won't have a heart-attack, but that heart will fail."
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"It wasn't something you could cure with pills, he said, which was an open-hearted surgical spot.
So I did the shooting for the first week.
Nobody asked me to, I don't know why I did it."
He said, "When I knew that I was scraping around the studio for some time, I just didn't attempt a heart attack and maybe I felt it would be safer if I went home.
"I'm completely okay.
I have a normal heart function, normal life span, I'm available for panto."
The filming began again in February 2020 and was suspended again after three weeks due to Covid-19, which was ultimately wrapped in September.
Webb has since recently ceased drinking and smoking, after a struggle against alcoholic dependency.