‘I’m feeling broken’: Alan Carr’s husband Paul Drayton reveals he needs life-saving surgery… weeks after pleading guilty to drink-driving
- Paul explained on Instagram that he has a chronic subdural hematoma and will need life-saving surgery in the upcoming days
- A chronic subdural hematoma (SDH) is a collection of blood on the brain’s surface, under the outer covering of the brain
- It usually begins forming several days or weeks after bleeding initially starts. Bleeding is usually due to a head injury
- His health update comes after Paul was accused of drink-driving charge in Horsham, West Sussex last month
- Paul initially denied charge but earlier this month changed plea to guilty
- Alan and Paul have been married since 2018 and last August, the comedian revealed lockdown had tempted his teetotal husband to start drinking again
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Alan Carr’s husband Paul Drayton, 50, has revealed he needs a life saving operation before Christmas due to having a chronic subdural hematoma.
Paul, who has been married to funnyman Alan, 45, since 2008, explained that he would be ‘offline for a while’ following the news that he would need emergency surgery, as he opened up on the procedure in a video.
The shocking revelation comes after his court case last month which saw him plead guilty at Brighton Magistrates to a drink-driving charge.
‘Broken’: Alan Carr’s husband Paul Drayton revealed that he needs life saving surgery just weeks after pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge
Diagnosis: The husband of the Chatty Man said: ‘I have a chronic subdural hematoma. ‘They [surgeons] have to drill two small holes to drain it. Hopefully in the next few days’ (Paul and Alan pictured in 2019)
Taking to social media Paul explained: ‘I have a chronic subdural hematoma. They [surgeons] have to drill two small holes to drain it. Hopefully in the next few days.’
He said: ‘I won’t be on here for a while but will read all your messages as it gives me comfort and peace’ before thanking his followers for their ‘messages and love’.
A chronic subdural hematoma (SDH) is a collection of blood on the brain’s surface, under the outer covering of the brain.
It usually begins forming several days or weeks after bleeding initially starts. Bleeding is usually due to a head injury.
Opening up: He added: ‘I’m feeling very sorry for myself but also feeling very guilty as I know a lot of you are going through a lot’
The problem was identified after Paul booked an appointment with his doctor due to falling from a horse and his head feeling not ‘right’.
Later on Thursday, Paul took to Instagram to address his followers in a series of videos posted to his Story he said: ‘I’m feeling very sorry for myself but also feeling very guilty as I know a lot of you are going through a lot.’
He added: ‘I’m feeling broken and I am trying not to cry whilst recording these messages. But, I hope you’re all well and that we can look forward to a better 2022.’
What is a chronic subdural hematoma (SDH)?
A subdural haematoma occurs when a blood vessel in the space between the skull and the brain (the subdural space) is damaged.
Blood escapes from the blood vessel, leading to the formation of a blood clot (haematoma) that places pressure on the brain and damages it.
Head injuries that cause subdural haematomas are often severe, such as those from a car crash, fall or violent assault.
But minor bumps to the head can also lead to a subdural haematoma in a few cases.
A minor head injury is more likely to lead to a subdural haematoma if you’re over 60, taking anticoagulant (“blood-thinning”) medicine or have a history of alcohol misuse.
Source – NHS
The upcoming procedure comes after he pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court in November for a charge of drink-driving.
Last month, he admitted to a drink-driving charge and was warned that he faces jail by a judge who told him it was a ‘miracle’ no one was killed when he got behind the wheel while four times over the legal limit.
Paul was accused of drink-driving after he reversed into a police car, narrowly missing a mother pushing a pram, while in his Mitsubishi 4×4 in West Sussex, just three miles from the £2.7 million home he shares with Alan.
Originally, he denied the charge but admitted his guilt at Brighton Magistrates’ Court. The case has been adjourned for sentencing.
Paul was charged with driving with 153mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – well over the limit of 35mcg – though he initially claimed the breathalyser machine was not working properly.
District Judge Amanda Kelly told Paul: ‘The starting point for this offence is a 12 week prison sentence and that was for somebody with less alcohol and who didn’t hit a police car.
‘I will order a pre-sentence report but the overwhelming likelihood is you will be going to prison.
The judge continued: ‘You have endangered the public by driving around in that state. It is an absolute miracle you are here to day and have not killed or maimed another member of the public.
‘You are now disqualified from driving from today. Be as honest and open with probation as you can be, but custody is likely.’
Paul- who has been married to comedian Alan since 2018 – has a history of alcoholism and went into rehab that year.
Last August, the comedian revealed lockdown had tempted his teetotal husband to start drinking again.
Alan said he was trying to get his husband the ‘help he needs’ after he started drinking again.
Charge: Paul was accused of drink-driving in November and admitted his guilt after initially denying the charge at Brighton Magistrates’ Court
Troubled: Paul was accused of drink-driving after he reversed into a police car, narrowly missing a mother pushing a pram while four times over the limit
Speaking in August, the comedian told how his significant other ‘fell off the wagon’ while Alan was away filming in Wales, but that he was working with Paul to help him.
The chat show host said: ‘While I was away filming on location the past few weeks, Paul fell off the wagon and started drinking again.
‘When I arrived back home from Wales, Paul was covered in scratches and bruises from a drinking binge.
‘We are now working together to get the help he needs to get better which is our number one priority right now.’
Help: In August, Alan said he was trying to get his husband the ‘help he needs’ after he started drinking again
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