Bough on road to recovery after transplant


Frank Bough is on the road to recovery after being given a new liver.

Doctors told the former Grandstand presenter he had cancer and without a transplant had only weeks to live.

Bough, 68, was diagnosed with a malignant tumour on his liver. He underwent gruelling drug therapy until a donor organ became available.

The transplant is understood to have been a complete success and Bough is now recuperating at home in Berkshire with his wife Nesta.

He decided to keep his illness and the operation, carried out earlier this year, a secret.

All he said last night was: 'Yes I have had a major operation but I'm fine now. I'm fitter than ever.'

Friends say Bough has lost a lot of weight, but is well and appears to have beaten the cancer.

Those close to the presenter say that after he discovered the disease he embarked on a fitness programme to be in good shape for the transplant.

'He is much thinner than before but on very good form,' said one friend.

Bough has been living quietly out of the public spotlight for the past few years.

His career suffered following a Sunday newspaper sting in 1988 in which he was forced to confess that he had taken cocaine at sex parties.

The revelation was a shattering blow to his clean-cut image as a BBC presenter.

Later he said: 'It was a brief but appalling period in my life. Don't condemn my entire career for a brief episode I regret.'

Bough eventually resumed his broadcasting career, covering rugby and also working for independent radio station LBC. But in 1992, a newspaper carried a photograph of him leaving a 'vice den'.

He was said to have spent 50 minutes in a 'torture chamber' featuring a slave cage and school canes.

The following day he appeared on television with his wife and said: 'I am feeling exceedingly stupid.

'I bitterly regret many of the things in my life, and if only I could undo them I would.'

That was effectively the end of a career which had begun in Newcastle upon Tyne on the regional news programme Look North.

Bough was one of the most familiar faces on the BBC for two decades from the late Sixties, working as a presenter on Nationwide, Come Dancing and Sportsnight before helping to launch Breakfast Time in 1983.

Bough met his wife while he was doing his national service in Germany. Nesta, a physiotherapist, stood by him during both scandals.

They have three grown up sons, David, Stephen and Andrew.

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