David Mitchell explains how Robert Webb ‘almost died’ before his heart surgery improved the friendship

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Robert Webb discussed his life-changing heart surgery while his comedy partner David Mitchell admitted he was disheartened when his friend was diagnosed.

Speaking in the latest issue of Radio Times, the Peep Show stars, aged 48 and 46, respectively, detailed the trauma as they prepare for the Channel 4 Back black comedy return, with the two discussing how they have been affected.

Robert underwent surgery in October 2019 after a routine medical check-up at Back’s set revealed he had a prolapsed heart, which doctors said ‘failed’ within two to six months, which led to her emergency open heart surgery.

On the prospect of losing his friend, David said, “It’s always easier to be kind to Rob towards others, so I can tell you that Rob’s heart surgery reminded me of how grateful I am. to have it in my life. ”

Harsh times: Robert Webb discussed his life-changing heart surgery while his comedy partner David Mitchell admitted he was disheartened when his friend was diagnosed

Robert and David met in 1993 while they were both studying at Cambridge before forming Mitchell and Webb, the comedy act that saw them enjoy huge success with Peep Show and now with Back, in its second series.

The duo have now discussed Robert’s terrible fear of health, as Robert candidly admits he “dreads” the medical show, which would end up saving his life, while denying the results.

Robert’s diagnosis was with Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP), which occurs when the small flap in the heart that prevents blood from flowing in the wrong direction becomes too soft and does not close properly.

Many people with MVP do not have any symptoms, and the disease is not detected until a heart test done for another reason.

Worried: Speaking in the latest issue of Radio Times, the Peep Show stars, aged 48 and 46 respectively, detailed the trauma as they prepare for the return of Channel 4's black comedy Back, the two talking about how they got hit last year)

Worried: Speaking in the latest issue of Radio Times, the Peep Show stars, aged 48 and 46 respectively, detailed the trauma as they prepare for the return of Channel 4’s black comedy Back, the two talking about how they got hit last year)

Pain: Robert underwent surgery in October 2019 after a routine medical check-up at Back's set revealed he had heart prolapse, which medics said would 'fail' within two to six months , which led to her emergency open heart surgery.

Pain: Robert underwent surgery in October 2019 after a routine medical check-up at Back’s set revealed he had a heart prolapse, which doctors said would ‘fail’ within two to six months. which led to her emergency open heart surgery.

WHAT IS MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE?

Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) occurs when the small flap in the heart that prevents blood from flowing in the wrong direction becomes too flexible and does not close properly.

Many people with MVP do not have any symptoms, and the disease is not detected until a heart test done for another reason.

MVP affects about 1.2 in 100 people.

In some cases, this can cause:

  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat or palpitations

Most cases do not require treatment, according to NHS Choices.

Doctors may recommend lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, alcohol, or caffeine, as these cause the heart to overwork.

In severe cases, drugs such as beta blockers can help treat an irregular heartbeat.

Surgery may also be needed to repair or replace the mitral valve.

Most people with MVP are born with the disease.

But it’s more common in people with connective tissue disorders, such as Marfan syndrome.

In rare cases, MVP can occur due to damage to the cardio muscles, such as after a heart attack.

He said: “Honestly, I dreaded the medical aspect of the show, which is not the attitude of a healthy person…

“I had assumed that the pains I had experienced were just what it was like to be 47 – and I continued to beat up queers and alcohol, not exercising and eating poorly.” “

On how their relationship changed when he suffered from his medical crisis, he said, “Our relationship was pretty close and sweet at the time…

“He didn’t need my death to appreciate me, even though we had our moments.

Speaking of their incredibly close working relationship, he said: “Between 2005 and 2007 or so, David was the first vertical person I saw in the morning and the last at night. We went through it without having The Row …

“If we had had The Row, things would have been said that couldn’t be unsaid, which would have been a shame for our friendship and our career…

“What we had was rare and needed to be taken care of…

“We played well during the intense moment, even when we couldn’t see each other. Now I’m lucky to miss it and it’s a pleasure to see it.

After continuing to film for a week after his diagnosis, Robert now says as he watches Back he can see how sick he looked and how well he has recovered.

He said: “The continuity with my face on my back is interesting. In the rough cut, I look bloated and mushy, knowing that I’m about to have a heart attack …

“Four months after the operation, there is a difference in pallor…

“My heart has come back to the right size and shape after doing amazing things to keep the show on the road. The back saved my life.

David spoke about how he remained positive when his friend broke the news and how happy he was that things had changed in Robert’s life.

He said: “Robert told me at the start of the shoot. He knocked on the door of my trailer and said, “I need a note” …

“It was very disturbing news and I went into denial. It made me think that he was indeed taking antibiotics and that he would be fine …

“The fact that the ‘antibiotic’ was open heart surgery, I got it out of my mind. The balance of probabilities favored that he was OK, so I clung to that …

“That’s how I resisted the stress… And it went so well – I was aware that he wasn’t leading the healthiest life ever, so I’m glad he is leading a life. healthy life now. “

Scary: He said, `` The continuity with my face on my back is interesting.  In the rough cut, I look puffy and mushy, knowing I'm about to have a heart attack '' (photo from 2015)

Scary: He said, “The continuity with my face on my back is interesting. In the rough cut, I look bloated and mushy, knowing I’m about to have a heart attack ”(photo from 2015)

The latest issue of Radio Times is now on newsstands

The latest issue of Radio Times is now on newsstands

Discussing his own personality and kindness, he said: “I rarely do nasty things, but I rarely do nice things either…

“I’m not often nice, I don’t warmly extend my friends or do things that clearly show that I appreciate them …

But I don’t tend to do boring things either. I’m cold but even tempered, like a relatively safe snake. I find it extremely difficult to give compliments …

“I realize that it’s an important thing to congratulate an artist and I’m going to do it well, but I find it very difficult to say that someone is a nice person. ”

He continued, “I don’t think it really caused me to reassess, however – I can’t isolate how much my feeling of unease is due to Rob being sick or millions of other people being. sick, and aesthetically and temperamentally opposed to the idea of ​​new beginnings. I’m all about adjustment and gradual change.

The latest issue of Radio Times is now on newsstands

Disturbing: Discussing his own personality and kindness, he said: 'I rarely do nasty things, but I rarely do beautiful things either.  I'm not often nice, don't warmly seek out my friends, or do things that clearly show that I appreciate them.

Disturbing: Discussing his own personality and kindness, he said, “I rarely do nasty things, but I rarely do beautiful things either. I am not often nice, I do not warmly extend my friends or do things that clearly show that I appreciate them ”

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