Robert Webb has revealed he was barely able to walk last year after emergency surgery for a congenital heart defect.
The Peep Show star, 49, who is currently competing on Strictly Come Dancing, learned that her ten-year battle with alcohol had made the condition worse.
talking to SunIn , Robert explained how he sees participating in the BBC series as the latest step on his path to recovery.
HEALTH: Robert Webb reveals he was barely able to walk last year after emergency surgery for a congenital heart defect
He said: ‘When I first came out of the hospital I couldn’t walk to the end of the street without help. I couldn’t even lift the kettle for four weeks.
‘So slowly you build up again until you’re no longer hiking longer and longer. Then after seven months the walk turns into a run – and then you become a dancer.
‘It wasn’t the first time he asked, and I knew there was a lot of potential for a future between me and Strictly. But it goes back to heart surgery – now I feel like I have something to offer this show.’
Robert explained that he had been feeling unwell for quite some time and went for a checkup in March last year just before the lockdown to find out how serious his condition was.
Scary: The Peep Show star, 49, who is currently competing on Strictly Come Dancing, learned that her ten-year battle with alcohol made the condition worse (pictured with Diane Buswell)
The actor said that his condition is a birth defect, in which the valves of his heart have prolapsed instead of ‘opening and closing well’.
He said that his heart thought he was running up a hill while he was sleeping and he never paid attention because he only attributed his symptoms to fatigue.
Robert saw a cardiologist, who told him that he had severe vomiting and that the blood that was supposed to flow throughout his body was ‘going back’.
The TV star underwent open heart surgery after a cardiologist said his heart would fail without it in the next two to three months.
Robert said: ‘When I first came out of the hospital I couldn’t walk to the end of the street without help. I couldn’t even lift the kettle for four weeks’ (pictured in 2018)
Robert said the surgery inspired him to change his lifestyle, including quitting alcohol.
The actor admitted that he thought he was killing himself by slowly drinking and increasing his consumption to such an extent that he thought he had become addicted.
Robert started running and also took up weight-training, which means he was fitter than ever when the call came for Strictly.
Still, training has not been easy with her professional partner, Diane, and she describes rehearsals as very hard work, often working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Condition: Robert explained that he was feeling unwell for quite some time and went for a checkup in March last year just before the lockdown to know how serious his condition was (pictured in 2020)
It follows Saturday’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing, which was, according to overnight ratings, the most-watched series of all time.
The event was watched by an average audience of 8.2 million people, with 48.5% of the audience – up from the previous week’s 7.9 million. The viewership for the BBC One Celebrity Dancing Contest reached 8.8 million.
While viewership for the 2021 series is on the rise, numbers are down on last year’s shows – which fell amid much stricter COVID regulations – with the same second live show count hitting a peak of 10.7 million in 2020. is killing.
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