Jimmy Barnes will spend four months in recovery after his emergency surgery on Wednesday, entertainment reporter Peter Ford has said.
Appearing on The Morning Show, Ford offered an update on the news the beloved rocker, 67, will undergo the emergency open-heart surgery.
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He told hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies that Barnes’ recovery could sideline the star for some time.
“He is now, literally as we speak, facing this life-saving surgery this morning, so the expectation is, from people in the industry, that he will be out of the game for probably four months,” Peter said.
The beloved rocker will undergo life-saving open-heart surgery on Wednesday, Jimmy announced via a statement. Credit: Instagram/Instagram
He clarified Barnes would not be in hospital for that entire time.
“It’s a case of not just getting out of hospital and being given the all clear — but of course you’ve got to be match fit to get back on stage and do what Jimmy does,” Peter said.
Peter went on to say the iconic singer was “absolutely firing on all cylinders” at Mushroom music’s Mushroom 50 Live concert just a fortnight ago.
He was also riding high from the release of his Blue Christmas album.
“He has felt fitter (recently) than he has in decades,” Peter said.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford gave an update on the singer’s health condition. Credit: The Morning Show
Ford explained he was concerned at how quickly Barnes was rushed into the life-saving surgery.
“I think that is an indication of what they consider the gravity of the situation, to be told last night and it’s happening this morning,” the entertainment reporter said.
“This is obviously as a result of this bacterial infection which is now spreading to his heart, he has had heart surgery in the past.”
Hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur wished the singer well following the report.
Peter explained the four months of recovery was revealed by industry sources during his report. Credit: The Morning Show /The Morning Show
Barnes left fans in shock on Wednesday morning when the Working Class Man singer said in a lengthy Instagram post he would be “out of action for a while” due to the surgery.
“Unfortunately I got some bad news late yesterday … despite everyone’s best efforts the bacterial infection I’ve been battling over the last fortnight has apparently now spread to my heart,” he began his update on Wednesday morning.
“It’s infected an otherwise healthy valve that was replaced some years ago due to a congenital defect, so I’ll be getting open-heart surgery over the next few hours to clear out this infection and put in a clean valve.
“Obviously this is going to take me out of action for a while. I know lots of other people are battling even worse things but it still feels hugely frustrating.
“Just a few weeks ago I was the fittest I’ve been in decades!”
He went on to address his upcoming shows, saying his team were rescheduling dates due to the “sudden” nature of the operation.
“Anyway, as you can hopefully appreciate, this has all happened very suddenly so it’s going to take a few days for everyone to figure out what’s going to be doable with my upcoming shows,” he explained.
“I’m really sorry for all the inconvenience this will cause but please be patient while my team works hard to figure things out. A new plan will be announced as soon as possible.”
Barnes went on to praise his wife of 42 years Jane Barnes for her love and support.
“In the meantime l’d like to thank my darling Jane for her around the clock love and care over the last few weeks in particular — as always l’d be lost without her.
“I’d also like to thank the doctors and nurses who’ve been amazing and all the people who have sent me ‘get well’ messages. You’ve all lifted my spirits and I’m sincerely grateful.
“Given the serious nature of this operation I probably won’t be posting again for the next few weeks so all the best to you and yours for the holidays.
“Here’s hoping 2024 is full of much better things!” he ended his post.
His son, TV host David Campbell went on to reshare the post writing, “Sending love to my Dad”.
The news comes just weeks after the singer was hospitalised on November 28 to treat bacterial pneumonia.
However days later his wife Jane shared an update of Barnes recovering in hospital, writing on X on December 5, “Slow & steady does it #PATIENCE”.
On December 9, Barnes shared his most recent update from the hospital, having a “hospital date” with his wife Jane.
“Mince, mashed tatties, neeps & pumpkin will make a Scotsman feel better … And yes, that’s a bottle of custard you see,” he said at the time.
“@jane13barnes brought in a berry cobbler too. Here we are on our hospital date this Saturday night. There’s a lot of partying going on, enjoy.”
Bacterial pneumonia is an infection in the lungs caused by bacteria. It inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs causing coughing, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing, according to Mayo Clinic.
Earlier in 2023 the singer was on bed rest following an emergency hip surgery and was forced to cancel his summer tour.
“We had some (live) things planned, but they fell through because of my surgery,” he said earlier this year.
His hip surgery relieved years of chronic pain.