Mary Berry forced to wait over 3 hours for an ambulance after falling and breaking her hip10/16/2021
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Former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry has told how she was forced to wait over three hours for an ambulance after breaking her hip. The celebrity cook, 86, said that she “went down really hard” while picking flowers in her garden, which led to her having surgery and a 10-day hospital stay following the accident in August.
We waited for three-and-a-half hours, until 6pm, and quite right too!
The BBC cook revealed that she was gardening when she fell, and initially thought she had injured her knee.
Mary said: “I had a new knee a few years ago and I thought, ‘Oh, I’ve hurt my knee’.”
The star also told how she had one of her feet “turning out” following the fall.
At the time, Mary called for help from her husband Paul, who was watching cricket inside the house.
But after he didn’t answer, she phoned her son-in-law Dan who came straight over.
“He saw me and said, ‘I’ll get an ambulance’. I said, ‘Oh, no, I’m fine’, but he overruled me,” Mary explained.
They were told that Mary would face a lengthy wait for medical attention, as it was a Sunday afternoon.
Staying where she was, Mary was joined by her two dogs Freddie and Darcy who kept her company with Dan for the long wait.
“We waited for three-and-a-half hours, until 6pm, and quite right too! I was perfectly happy,” Mary told the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine.
The Bake Off star revealed that it was a “shock” for her husband when the ambulance turned up and took her to the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
Once there, they confirmed that the TV star had broken her hip, as one of her feet was “turning out”.
The star underwent surgery the next day, but didn’t have the joint replaced.
“I didn’t get a shiny new hip. They just repaired the old one and popped it back in,” she said.
Following the surgery two months ago, Mary said that she used only paracetamol for the pain.
She is also using a stick to walk and hopes to “walk in a straight line” with the help of physiotherapy before returning to TV work next month.
Elsewhere, Mary’s former Bake Off colleagues Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins opened up on their one regret about the baking show.
The duo hosted the show for six years until it moved from the BBC to Channel 4.
Mary also featured on the show for the same amount of time, despite her co-star and fellow judge Paul Hollywood deciding to stay in his role, even after it changed networks.
Speaking about their stint on the favourite baking programme, the comedic duo revealed that they had only one real regret – which was due to the celebrity chef.
Mel said: “That’s my only regret, that Mary didn’t get her anniversary show.
“For me there is an element of wistfulness about ‘we could have had a couple more years,'” she told The Times.
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