John Cleese issues update on health ‘saga’ after ignoring advice from ’46 doctors’

John Cleese clashes with BBC World News interviewer

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Just last month, the 82-year-old spoke of his “heavily infected left big toe”, which was said to have resulted from a bone spur procedure two years ago. And since the actor hadn’t followed his doctor’s orders by reducing his daily walks, the inflammation only worsened over time, prompting John to take the situation a little more serious.

It took so long to heal because 1. I am very, very old. 2. I am prediabetic

John Cleese

In his latest tweet, the father-of-two told his 5.6 million followers that he had finally given in to the advice from medical experts by allowing his body to rest.

“I have great news to share with my Twits!!” he tweeted.

“My big toe on my left foot is healed!! Two years to the day when I have a bone spur removed. ( a real one ) Two years!! And 46 doctors!!”

John continued: “It’s been a true saga, and I have the film rights! ‘My Left Toe’

“Advice follows…”

The Die Another Day star went on to reveal the many reasons why it had taken a whopping two years to recover from his surgery.

And it seemed John was partially at fault as it took him “a long time to obey the doctors”.

“It took so long to heal because 1. I am very, very old. 2. I am prediabetic 3. The circulation in the legs is not as good as in the rest of the body 4. The wound was on the bottom of the toe, so walking kept it from getting better.

“So when the 46 doctors said ‘Try to stay off it,’ I thought they were being funny. They weren’t.”

He went on to conclude: “So if you get a similar problem… Try to stay off it.”

In December, John candidly addressed the health problems he’s faced in recent years in an episode of Radio 4’s Private Passions.

He joked that recreating his famous Ministry of Silly Walks sketch from the Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV series – which ran from 1969 to 1974 on BBC One – would be a “big disappointment” given the circumstances.

“This would not be the ideal moment to ask me,” he quipped.

Aside from his toe infection, John shared how he had previously undergone hip replacement surgery and now has an artificial knee from another procedure.

In 2020, John had a cancerous tumour removed from his leg, making it his second public cancer scare.

His first run-in with cancer came in 1996 when the BAFTA winner became worried about his prostate.

Speaking of the tumour operation in 2020, John shared: “A surgeon cut a small cancerous bit out of my leg. Very minor.

“At my age this sort of thing happens about once a week.

“He did a beautiful job, sewed it up and said: ‘Tis but a scratch.'”

His former pal and fellow Monty Python star Terry Jones died in January 2020 at the age of 77 after battling a rare form of dementia, his family revealed in a statement.

Graham Chapman, who was also part of the comedy group, died of tonsil cancer at the age of 48 in 1989.

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