Coronation Street’s Macca is rushed to hospital with sepsis

One of the stars from Coronation Street has been rushed to hospital with sepsis.

Gareth Berliner, who plays Macca, was taken by ambulance at 1am, in the early hours of Friday morning.

The comedian has battled Crohn’s Disease for 30 years and has previously told how he takes a nutritional feed into his blood via a tube in his chest.

Speaking of the 999 dash, he said on Instagram : “Well I was brought into hospital by ambulance about 1a.m owing to some amount of sepsis ….vomiting and upset gut and a temp of 39.”

Crohn’s Disease is an inflammation of the gut which affects how his body absorbs and digests food.

He’s had a dozen operations to remove much of his small intestine

Talking to Mirror Online, Gareth said: "Having Sepsis of any kind is part and parcel of living with Total Parenteral Nutrition and just one of those things that happens from time to time. I’ve had TPN as a result of short gut syndrome for 19 years.

"I’m ok today… just stuck in here and they’re investigating what caused the issue. I don’t have a temperature anymore and am now being infused with some strong antibiotics to fight whatever bug is messing with my immune system.

"I am dressed and mobile as I see no reason to gets into PJ’s and give up.

"I’m looking forward to finding the source of the problem and getting back to work as a stand-up and as an actor. Those jokes won’t tell themselves.

"I have a very positive mental attitude to my condition / disability and will use this stay in hospital as an opportunity to finish writing my new Edinburgh Show , Trevor Lewis Presents : A Stand-up for the mystery hour.

"I’m taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe for August this year and will be performing for the whole month at The Behive Inn on Grassmarket as part of The Scottish Comedy Festival.

"I don’t often post this stuff to Instagram but did so on this occasion to encourage people with similar issues to come and check out my page and then through looking at the rest of my pics maybe have them realise that my life isn’t over because of my disability/health it’s just part of it.

"I’m married to an amazing women and happy for people to know about that, I’ve travelled around the world several times (just takes more planning), performed around the world, been on telly as an actor and all in spite of my body from time to time working against me.

"Basically I wanted the post to be an encouraging one and as you’ve seen from the post I was happy because I have a room to myself which doesn’t often happen.

"I’m not covered by private healthcare and have been treated under the NHS for over 30 odd years. It’s one of the best healthcare systems in the world but unfortunately is being slowly dismantled and run down by the current government.

"Hopefully I’ll be out in the next couple of weeks at the longest. Thanks for your concern but the good will always out and I’ll get better as I always do."

Gareth previously spoke of his condition when auditioning for Corrie.

He said: “They were holding open auditions for a new disabled character called Howie.

“I am registered disabled but I didn’t tick the right boxes because I look physically fine.

“My disease doesn’t seem like a big deal to me and I don’t let it control my life.

“They saw something in me and called me back months later to audition for Macca.”

Gareth is married to actress and comedian Kiruna Stamell, who has appeared in TV shows including EastEnders. She was born with a rare form of dwarfism and is 3ft 6in tall.

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