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Shelly Horton’s colonoscopy experience after WAKING UP on the table 

 

TV star Shelly Horton, 48, WAKES UP during a colonoscopy as surgeons remove growths from her bowel: ‘I saw my insides on the screen and felt sharp pressure’

  • Television personality Shelly Horton has revealed how she woke up in surgery
  • The 48-year-old was having a routine colonoscopy when she came to in theatre
  • She watched as doctors removed a polyp – and felt something ‘like a bee sting’
  • Have you ever woken up in surgery? Email belinda.cleary@mailonline.com 


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Television star Shelly Horton has revealed how she woke up mid-surgery to see doctors removing a polyp from her bowel on the big screen Television star Shelly Horton has revealed how she woke up mid-surgery to see doctors removing a polyp from her bowel on the big screen

Television star Shelly Horton has revealed how she woke up mid-surgery to see doctors removing a polyp from her bowel on the big screen

Television star Shelly Horton has revealed how she woke up mid-surgery to see doctors removing a polyp from her bowel on the big screen.

The 48-year-old told FEMAIL she was awake between five and 10 seconds during the routine colonoscopy and got a good view of her ‘very pink’ insides and the surgical tools used for the job.

The live video was showing on the huge television on the operating room and was used to help her surgeon search for potentially cancerous growths.

‘I woke up and felt the pressure of the device, it felt like a period cramp, sharp pressure but not unbearable just uncomfortable,’ she said.

This pressure was followed by something which ‘felt like a bee sting’ as the doctors removed one of the suspect growths. 

And while Shelly realises the hiccup would be considered a living nightmare for many, she remained thoroughly fascinated.

‘I said ‘oh good, you got it!’. Until then I don’t think they had realised I was awake,’ the commentator and 9 Honey columnist said.

The anaesthetist’s face came into full view, his eyes shot up and then Shelly was knocked out cold.

‘I don’t remember anything after that – I barely remember being in recovery actually,’ she said.

‘It happened to the right person, I have a morbid fascination with surgery and women’s health.’

The operation, which happened on Wednesday, January 16, found seven polyps – all of which have been tested and come back clear of anything dangerous.

Shelly has never woken up in a procedure before and says the experience hasn't 'put her off' Shelly has never woken up in a procedure before and says the experience hasn't 'put her off'

Shelly has never woken up in a procedure before and says the experience hasn’t ‘put her off’

And while she wasn’t disappointed she woke up mid-procedure she was disappointed by the amount of growths found.

‘Anything more than five mean you have to go for yearly check-ups,’ she said.

‘I am not turned off by this experience though – it won’t make me put off those health checks.

‘I was just disappointed because I have done so much to change my lifestyle so I was hoping I wouldn’t have any.’

Shelly says she has had over 20 general anaesthetics after being in and out of hospital since she was eight years old.

Following the procedure Shelly gave herself a 'ten out of ten' for preparation, noting her insides were 'as clean as a whistle' Following the procedure Shelly gave herself a 'ten out of ten' for preparation, noting her insides were 'as clean as a whistle'

Following the procedure Shelly gave herself a ‘ten out of ten’ for preparation, noting her insides were ‘as clean as a whistle’

‘I used to come out of them quite aggressively, once I bit a male nurse on the finger, I told the doctors this and they said it was okay, they’d change the formula.

‘I also think it had something to do with being a ‘twilight’ anaesthetic which is lighter.’

Following the procedure Shelly gave herself a ‘ten out of ten’ for preparation, noting her insides were ‘as clean as a whistle’. 

She also says while it was an interesting experience she would draw the line at waking up during a major surgery. 

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