The Voice host has been through a dramatic time

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Emma Willis has emotionally thanked hospital staff after she was forced to have emergency surgery due to a frightening infection.

The presenter explained to her Instagram followers on Monday night that she’d been experiencing stomach pain which she thought was just ‘trapped wind’ – but it turned out to be something much worse which required her to have an operation.

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This also put paid to her plans to take husband Matt Willis on a trip for his birthday.

‘It’s been a funny old week…. Post 1 of 2… A week ago yesterday, I was meant to take @mattjwillis on a surprise birthday trip to ibiza,’ Emma, 41, captioned a photo on Instagram.

‘Instead, at 6am, I entered Barnet General A&E with a stomach ache that was getting progressively worse.

‘I thought I may be wasting everyone’s time with a bad case of trapped wind 😳, but 9 hours later, I was wheeled into theatre and what they found was a horribly infected appendix.’

Thankfully Emma looks to be on the mend now and posted a selfie with the surgeon who carried out the procedure to pay tribute to the NHS staff who helped her during the ordeal.

It's been a funny old week…. Post 1 of 2… A week ago yesterday, I was meant to take @mattjwillis on a surprise birthday trip to ibiza. Instead, at 6am, I entered Barnet General A&E with a stomach ache that was getting progressively worse. I thought I may be wasting everyone's time with a bad case of trapped wind 😳, but 9 hours later, I was wheeled into theatre and what they found was a horribly infected appendix. The man in this picture was my surgeon, Marco Venza. He, and his team, were incredible. Thank you so so much for taking care of me and for putting me at ease every time I panicked!Thank you to Amy, Scarlet, Karen, Caroline, Sophia, Jan, Mary-Beth, Gemma, Maha, Clement, Gabriel, and all the other brilliant and kind people who work on Damson ward. And finally, to everyone working their butts off within the NHS fighting to make it work, thank YOU! #longlivetheNHS

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‘The man in this picture was my surgeon, Marco Venza. He, and his team, were incredible,’ the mum-of-three explained.

‘Thank you so so much for taking care of me and for putting me at ease every time I panicked!

‘Thank you to Amy, Scarlet, Karen, Caroline, Sophia, Jan, Mary-Beth, Gemma, Maha, Clement, Gabriel, and all the other brilliant and kind people who work on Damson ward. And finally, to everyone working their butts off within the NHS fighting to make it work, thank YOU! #longlivetheNHS’

Fans have been wishing The Voice host well after her revelation and many have also thanked her for praising the hospital staff.

‘Get well soon Emma! I agree about the NHS. Such lovely words from you. Hope you can rest up,’ one follower wrote.

Another posted: ‘Aw fab words Emma, sorry to hear you were so poorly! Make sure you get that onwards trip to Ibiza sorted when you’re well🙌🏻. Here’s to a speedy recovery and to our brilliant #nhs’

Get well soon, Emma!