Katie Piper returns to Loose Women with health update after six-week absence

Katie Piper returns to Loose Women with health update after six-week absence

She had pioneering surgery to ‘avoid losing her left eye’ 15 years after she was attacked

Katie Piper has made her long-awaited return to Loose Women after being absent from the show for health reasons. The star was back on the panel on Wednesday (December 13) after undergoing surgery to “avoid losing” her left eye.

The 40-year-old presenter has faced multiple operations and complications since she was attacked with acid in 2008 at the age of 24. Katie suffered life-changing burns, injuries and blindness in one eye and had to have pioneering surgery to restore her vision.

She recently explained that her latest operation was a tarsorrhaphy procedure, which joins parts or all of the upper and lower eyelids to completely close the eye. She said it was an attempt to “preserve the eye, avoid perforation and losing my eye completely”, the Mirror reports.

Loose Women host Kaye Adams welcomed Katie back to the show, saying: “Hello stranger! First of all, Katie, we haven’t seen you for what, five or six weeks?”

Katie then explained her six-week absence and gave Kaye and viewers more details on the “planned procedure”, saying it involved a “semi-permanent closure of the eye”. She said it was normally for patients with disease of the cornea.

She added: “Closing the eye gives it the optimum environment to heal so I’ve had quite a lot of problems with my eye over the last year and a half. I don’t like to go on about it because there’s always somebody worse off!”

Katie Piper underwent tarsorrhaphy surgery last month to her left eye. She said at the time of the procedure: "In my case I am trying to preserve the eye, avoid perforation and losing my eye completely."

Katie Piper underwent tarsorrhaphy surgery last month to her left eye. She said at the time of the procedure: “In my case I am trying to preserve the eye, avoid perforation and losing my eye completely.” (Image: Katie Piper/Instagram)
Kaye said “incredible” Katie was “so stoic”. And her co-star admitted: “It’s been quite painful so it’s quite a relief for me to finally have it stitched up because it’s a lot more comfortable! It’s not permanent, it’s going to be for just about a year like this then hopefully I can have it opened!”

Talking about how she first coped after the surgery, Katie said: “It was a bit like being pregnant because you feel a bit dizzy and nauseous. It’s difficult when the other eye is trying to operate. It does take a bit of taking used to but that does subside and then you get used to it. I had the operation a month ago now, so I’m actually okay, I’m still wearing six-inch high heels!”

The star then spoke about how she has had to be conscious of her health and how she felt “grateful”. She said: “I suppose I did experience both of my eyes being damaged at quite a young age. So I always feel really grateful and happy that I’m here, seeing all these lovely people!”

Related Posts

Eagles Jason Kelce’s heartwarming parenting moment: How a scare led to an adorable visit to the doctor

Philadelphia Eagles Jason Kelce had to take baby Bennett to the doctorhiladelphia Eagles Jason Kelce shared that his three-month-old daughter Bennett had to be taken to the pediatrician…

Lil Wayne Reportedly Supports Drake With ‘Not Like Us’ Lyric Tweak in Las Vegas: Watch

Throughout the majority of the Kendrick Lamar and Drake beef, Lil Wayne stayed silent, but over the weekend, it seemed as though he broke his silence and…

Eagles Center Jason Kelce Explains Why He Will Wear Number 62 “Forever”

His number hasn’t changed since he was drafted in 2011. Mitchell LeffCountry Living editors select each product featured. If you buy from a link, we may earn…

Kendrick Lamar’s diss track for Drake is back at No 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Kendrick Lamar is back at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his song “Not Like Us”. This is the second non-consecutive week for Kendrick at…

Scottie Pippen Says LeBron James Is The GOAT Because ‘He Does Everything’ On The Court

Scottie Pippen keeps coming after Michael Jordan, attacking MJ for being a bad teammate and even a lazy player. After winning six championships in eight years during…

LeBron Jаmeѕ іѕ gettіng сloѕer to Mісhael Jordаn to tаke the tіtle of GOAT, ассording to NBA рlаyers

The reѕultѕ of а new рoll сonduсted аnonymously аmong аctive  NBA  рlayers ѕhow thаt  Mіchael Jordаn  іs ѕtill regаrded аs the greаtest рlayer іn the ѕportѕ hіstory — no doubt а…