Barry Humphries: Dame Edna star rushed to hospital in ‘serious condition’ as family gather at his side
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Barry Humphries has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition as his family gather at his bedside. The Australian comedian, 89, most known for his drag alter ego Dame Edna Everage had recently undergone a hip replacement surgery last month following a fall in February.
The entertainer has been readmitted to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney after suffering complications from his previous surgery. It has been revealed that Barry is now ‘comfortable’ and surrounded by his family in hospital.
On Thursday (April 20) it was reported that Barry had gone into an “unresponsive state” and had been given morphine by his doctors. However the Sydney hospital treating the Dame Edna star responded to reports claiming they were “not accurate” and Barry was in a “stable condition”. A spokesperson for St Vincent’s Hospital said: “He remains stable in the hospital in the best hands.”
Barry’s family spoke to 9News in Australia, where they said: “Barry would like to thank everybody for the support and best wishes he has received but he would like more and more.” The comedian’s family also shared: “He would also like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at St Vincent’s Hospital.”
The Sir Les Patterson creator has had a career spanning 67 years and has seen Barry performing at events such as The Royal Variety show for King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla in 2019. His wife, Elizabeth Spender has also told 9News that her husband of 33 years was ‘doing fine.’
Entertainment journalist Peter Ford told Sunrise that “things are tough” but added: “I reckon Barry has a fighting spirit and he’s not going to give up easily.” Peter has also asked Australians to send love to the comedian but said that despite “serious concerns” Barry had a “fantastic” team behind him at the hospital and is still finding “moments of humour”.
The news of Barry’s condition comes just weeks after the Dame Edna Everage actor had shared he was in “agony” after a fall at his home in Cremorne in February. He shared that he’d faced surgery on his hip after tripping on a rug whilst attempting to reach for a book.
At the time Barry Humphries said he hoped to be back on his feet shortly for another “one man show.” Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald in March, Barry said: “I’m going back on tour later this year” before adding: “The result of my broken hip means I now have a titanium hip… you can call me Bionic Bazza.”
Barry has been keeping his spirits up during his recovery and kept fans laughing after revealing that his medical bill “is bloody enormous”, saying: “I strongly advise not breaking your hip!” Before being rushed back to hospital Barry had been working with a physiotherapist at a rehabilitation facility in the hopes of making a speedy recovery.