Eamonn Holmes says he is 'humble and helpless' in latest health update

The TV star is going through a tough recovery from spinal surgery.

Eamonn Holmes
Eamonn Holmes has shared how helpless he feels after surgery. (Alamy)

Eamonn Holmes has shared a new health update, saying he has been left "humble, helpless but grateful" in his tough recovery from spinal surgery.

GB News presenter Holmes, 63, has had a difficult time since his operation last September, suffering a fall in the months afterwards and telling viewers recently that he was unable to walk and could only watch TV and eat.

Now, the former This Morning host has told Best magazine that although he can walk a little, he is very reliant on help.

He said: "Well, I can walk if that’s what you mean (50 steps, to be exact) but I now accept life is easier with help from others. Getting around with crutches is exhausting. I wish I could walk further but, for now, I can’t."

Eamonn Holmes, with wife Ruth Langsford, using a walking stick at the NTAs in 2021. (Getty Images)
Eamonn Holmes with his wife Ruth Langsford. (Getty Images)

Holmes, who is married to Loose Women's Ruth Langsford, was asked how it felt to have to ask for so much assistance.

The star replied: "Humble, helpless but grateful. However, it’s truly draining when you have to say, 'do you mind? Could you...? Thank you, I’m sorry.'"

But he said that the surgery had at least cured him of back pain, despite his recovery being slow.

Holmes added of what he thought his future held: "For the short term it’s to have someone with me, assisting me. Will it go on for six months? A year? I don’t know but I haven’t lost my need to work. What is the point of not doing things? I thank God that mentally I can cope…I have a joie de vivre."

Eamonn Holmes attends The TRIC Awards 2023 at Grosvenor House on June 27, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
The TV star is still struggling to walk after his operation. (Getty Images)

In the interview, Holmes also shared that he had been mocked on social media for using a mobility scooter, but that it hadn't stopped him from using it as he found getting out of the house made him feel so much better.

Earlier this month, Holmes interviewed Australian runner Tim Franklin about his challenge to run around the world on GB News.

Talking about his admiration for Franklin, Holmes admitted: "I can't run, I can't walk, I can't do anything except watch TV and eat."

 Isabel Webster, Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes attend the TRIC awards at Grosvenor House on July 06, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/WireImage)
Eamonn Holmes with GB News co-star Isabel Webster and wife Ruth Langsford. (WireImage)

He explained to his guest: "I just got problems last year in my back, which I haven't recovered from. It's not good, it's not a good recipe I have to say."

When Holmes first returned to GB News after his operation, he explained that he had to walk with a cane and that he had fallen down a spiral staircase, injuring his shoulder, as he tried to get moving again.

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