Jasper Carrott urges fans to 'get checked out' after two operations saved his life
Jasper Carrott has urged people to 'get checked out' after two operations saved his life.
The Birmingham comedy star is back on the road performing four sell-out shows at The Lichfield Garrick this week - and says it is 'terrific' to be back on stage.
"I’ve been a very lucky person. When you look at Ray Wilkins or Eric Bristow… That could have been me," said Jasper, aged 73.
"I was just fortunate that I went to the right place at the right time. I’ve been a lucky boy. I have to be grateful for that."
The Acocks Green-born comedian, actor and TV personality underwent two lots of surgery in August last year: an operation to clear an artery in his neck and a quadruple heart bypass.
Despite this, Jasper says he is now back to normal - going to the gym three times a week, playing golf and performing live.
"I’m feeling absolutely fine now. Obviously it’s been a bit traumatic with all that went on, but I was in good hands at The QE Hospital," added Jasper.
Jasper is now telling readers that if they have any concerns over their health they should head to their GP surgery, as it could be the difference between life and death.
"If you have any doubts at all, if you a get a bit of pain or tension in everyday affairs, don’t ignore it. The sooner you get it, the better it will be. I was very lucky," he added.
"I know the NHS is swamped, but there are still facilities there to get checked out.
"Do not ignore it because you think it’s indigestion. That’s what I thought to begin with. I took indigestion tablets and it did seem to go away.
"Just get yourself down the doctors; 30 minutes of his time could save your life."
Jasper is at Lichfield Garrick performing four Stand Up and Rock shows, which began on Wednesday and run until Saturday. These events have been completely sold out for a total of four months.
Head of marketing at the theatre, Alex Lloyd, said it is 'great to see' Jasper back in health and performing.
"We are delighted to welcome Jasper Carrott and the Stand Up and Rock team to the Lichfield Garrick this week for four nights of pure entertainment," said Alex.
"Jasper has been a regular here over the years and it’s great to see that he is back to full health after his recent operations.
"Jasper always puts on an incredible performance which our patrons thoroughly enjoy, tickets for this week sold out months in advance.
"Stand Up and Rock is a brilliant show and if you are lucky enough to have a ticket you are in for a treat."