BRAIN DAMAGE FEARS FOR TV ACTOR DEREK; Surgeons Say Next 48 Hours Will Be Crucial
Hughes, Chris, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
SURGEONS fighting to save actor Derek Nimmo said yesterday he could be left with permanent brain damage.
The 68-year-old had an emergency operation to remove a blood clot on his brain after he fell down the stairs at his home.
Doctors say the comedy actor is expected to survive - but the extent of his injuries will not be known for 48 hours.
Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, who conducted the critical five-hour operation on Thursday night, said Nimmo suffered a severe injury to the right side of the brain.
"He suffered an acute subdural haematoma (blood clot) on the outside of the brain," the surgeon added.
"The blood clot could cause further damage and the purpose of the surgery was to remove it so that the pressure would be released from the brain.
"It is a routine and fairly straightforward operation.
"He is unconscious at the moment, but he is showing signs of recovery, which is important.
"He is a fit man for his age and the operation has been successful in removing the blood clot.
"The scan after the operation was a success, but it is impossible at this stage to know how long it will take for him to recover.
"I have seen worse blood clots, but I have seen better as well. I would say he has a good chance, but I can't say with any degree of certainty.
"I do not think his life is at risk unless something surprising happens. We are out of that crisis now. …