Eamonn Holmes’ scary surgery has ‘taken a toll’ on Ruth Langsford, reveals pal

Eamonn Holmes’ fresh health blow has “taken its toll” on his wife Ruth Langsford, leaving her feeling “scared for him”, a friend has told OK!

Last week the TV presenter revealed how he’s been through a “hellish time” after falling down the stairs of his Surrey home and fracturing his shoulder – while also recovering from back surgery for chronic pain.

And while the 62-year-old, who had to undergo another operation for his injury, is slowly on the mend and receiving rehabilitative treatment, friends say it’s been a “terrifying” time for Ruth.

“Eamonn is thankfully turning a corner after his operation. He is getting better and the whole family has rallied round, but it has been hard for Ruth,” a source close to the couple told us.

“It’s hasn’t been a nice time for her to see Eamonn in so much pain. He has been in absolute agony. He was pushing on while he was in a lot of pain, even when he was still working, putting on a brave face. It’s going to be a long journey and it’s longer than they first thought.”

Our source adds that Ruth, also 62, found it particularly difficult to see her husband in such a bad way as she felt helpless.

“It’s always a worrying time when your other half’s health is at stake,” the source said. “Ruth was really worried about him at one point. It was awful for her to see him like that. She felt there wasn’t much she could
do to help him, other than just be there.

“She has a lot to juggle. She’s busy with Loose Women and has her other work projects. It has been difficult, but Ruth is surrounded by her family and friends for help.”

Eamonn shared an update last week through his latest employer GB News, describing the fall as “a massive setback”.

He added, “It’s been a hellish few weeks, but day by day I’m improving and I’m remaining positive and trying to look on the bright side,” before confirming he hoped to return to his Breakfast With Eamonn and Isabel show
in January.

His fall came just weeks after he underwent back surgery following 18 months of chronic pain, after a dislocated pelvis led to three slipped discs. At the time, Eamonn explained there was a “20% risk of it going wrong”, much to Ruth’s concern.

“It was a very frightening operation and understandably Ruth was scared for him,” our source says. “They didn’t have
a choice though. It was the last resort. It was an awful time, but he’s getting there, slowly but surely. He is on the road to recovery. They’re now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel – and they’re hoping he will be back on track for Christmas.”

Eamonn previously admitted that suffering from crippling pain had put “some strain” on his relationship with Ruth, as he explained how she is “fed up” with his “moaning”.

Speaking earlier this year, Ruth told how his comments made her feel “sad”, as she added, “I am and I’m not. It’s human. You can’t help when you’re helping somebody all the time and they’re very incapacitated. It’s hard to be Florence Nightingale all the time and not roll your eyes.”

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