Sandi Toksvig makes emotional return from Australia after pneumonia scare and cancelling tour

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16 Dec 2022, 12:34

Sandi Toksvig returns home from Australia for Christmas after being hospitalised with pneumonia on tour

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Santa has come early for Sandi Toksvig who is finally on her way home from Down Under for Christmas after getting struck down by bronchial pneumonia. Although she had been discharged from hospital, she had not been well enough to fly back to the UK.

The much-loved presenter fell ill while on tour in Australia and shared the good news about her homecoming on social media.

She said: "Thanks to my beloved wife, I’m back home in time for Christmas. Best present ever!"

Her show Sandi Toksvig Live! was due to head to New Zealand's Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, but has been cancelled due to her being ‘admitted to hospital with bronchial pneumonia’.

The live tour was described as ‘an evening of comedy and curiosities’ including ‘little known facts’, ‘tall tales’ and ‘really silly jokes’.

Last week, the comedian left hospital and gave her ‘undying' love to the Aussie health service.

"I am now out of hospital and continuing my convalescence in Australia until I'm fit to fly home," she said in a statement.

"My undying (literally) thanks to the amazing Australian health service."

At the time, her team said: "Due to illness, Sandi has cancelled the New Zealand leg of her tour. She has been admitted to hospital with bronchial pneumonia while still in Australia and is unable to travel and perform. Our main priority is getting her home to the UK as soon as she is well enough - Team Toksvig."

According to the NHS, 'the symptoms of pneumonia can develop suddenly over 24 to 48 hours, or they may come on more slowly over several days'.

Common symptoms of the illness include: 'a cough – which may be dry, or produce thick yellow, green, brown or blood-stained mucus (phlegm), difficulty breathing – your breathing may be rapid and shallow, and you may feel breathless, even when resting, rapid heartbeat, high temperature, feeling generally unwell, sweating and shivering, loss of appetite, chest pain – which gets worse when breathing or coughing'.

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