Katie Piper was forced to miss her gorgeous daughter Belle’s first birthday celebrations and spend the day in hospital instead after complications with surgery relating to the horrific acid attack she was a victim of in 2008.
The beautiful TV presenter has had to undergo regular throat surgery as a result of swallowing acid during the devastating attack organised by her ex-boyfriend.
Although, thankfully, Katie has recovered from the attack to find new love in fiancé Richard James Sutton and her lovely daughter Belle, a source has told MailOnline that the 31-year-old has now had over 60 throat surgeries to widen her oesophagus so that she can swallow.
Fibrous thick scar tissue forms over time in her throat, making swallowing difficult.
Poor Katie :(.
Belle turned one last Saturday, two days after Katie was admitted to hospital for a routine operation to have some scar tissue in her throat stretched open.
An insider told MailOnline: “However, there was a slight side effect to the procedure causing the oesophagus to tear and causing air to leak into her body which is obviously very dangerous. She’s stable now but sadly had to miss her daughter’s first birthday!”
Katie herself also tweeted her disappointment at not being able to join Belle and Richard for some birthday fun.
She wrote: “Thanks for all the birthday tweets for Belle! Unfortunately I’m In hospital but her dads tell me she’s had a lovely party x.”
N’awww. Fingers crossed that she can go home and celebrate with little Belle soon.
Katie’s had a pretty action packed year, giving birth to Belle last March and getting engaged to Richard back in December.
Speaking to the MailOnline, Katie admitted that Richard has helped enhanced her life, despite insisting that a man can’t bring you happiness. Hear, hear.
She explained: “I always say that love is not a necessity. It’s a luxury and you have to be happy in yourself first.
“It’s lovely to think I’m OK and have something else affirm that.
“Richard has a big laugh which comes from the belly which is so contagious. He’s even more positive than I am and he’s really good with our daughter.”
She also revealed that she hasn’t quite decided on a venue or dress yet, even though the couple plan to tie the knot sometime this year.
She said: “I thought it was going to be a small affair. But then you talk to your parents and then the politics get involved and you realise you have to invite Aunty Maureen and so on.
“So the small thing is not really working out. My fiancé is happy either way, I think he would just be happy to get an invite and turn up.”
Well that’s one invite sorted.
We’re wishing Katie a speedy recovery and best wishes for an exciting year ahead!
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