BROADCASTER Richard Bacon was put into a medically induced coma after being infected with a mysterious respiratory virus.
But what is a medically induced coma and why was the former Blue Peter star placed in one? Here is what we know …
Instagram Richard Bacon was hospitalized with suspected pneumonia and was induced into an induced coma. What is an induced coma and why is it used?
A coma is a term that describes a state in which someone lives, but is unconscious and unreactive, with minimal brain activity.
Some people are able to breathe independently, others have to do it through a machine.
It can take between a few weeks and several years for a person to wake up from the coma.
Some people recover completely, others have permanent brain damage – usually depending on the cause and severity of their original brain injury.
A medically induced coma is when someone is sedated to give them time to recover from a serious trauma.
Drug-induced sedation can reduce the pressure on the skull if the patient has a brain injury – for example, after a stroke, a tumor or a car accident.
Patients who have a lack of oxygen for the brain, such as after a heart attack or drowning, may also go into a coma.
Handbill The former Blue Peter presenter praised the NHS after they recorded it. Why was Richard Bacon put into an induced coma?
The former Blue Peter presenter was in critical condition for a week before being put into an induced coma.
His original diagnosis was that he had pneumonia.
Doctors were forced to take emergency measures after he had not responded to the treatment.
A source near Richard said: "This is a very worrying time for anyone who loves him.
"Doctors began to treat him for pneumonia, but soon it turned out that it did not work and his condition worsened dramatically.
"They had no choice but to put him into a medically induced coma to save his life, because things turned so fast, but that was a week ago and they're not even closer to figuring out what's going on with him is or how to help him.
The 42-year-old radio host from Los Angeles was carried one week before the coma by a flight from the US.
Dad-of-Two tweeted from Lewisham Hospital in South East London and wrote, "Thank God I fell ill in the UK (actually on my way to the UK, was taken off the plane in a wheelchair)."
He also shared a worrying photo of him with nine cables tied to his chest as he lay in a hospital bed.
PA: Empics Sport Ray Wilkins suffered cardiac arrest on Good Friday and was put into a medically induced coma.
Why was Ray Wilkins put into a coma?
Chelsea legend Ray, who also played for Man United, AC Milan, Rangers and QPR, was put on an induced coma on March 30, 2018, after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The 61-year-old was taken to St. George's Hospital in Tooting, South London, where he later died.
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Cardiac arrest can deprive the brain of oxygen, which is why doctors sometimes put patients in a coma.
Ray, the captain of Chelsea and later co-coach, made 84 appearances in England and captained his country 10 times.
He worked as a manager for QPR, Fulham and the Jordan national team.