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Comedian Bob Mortimer is reunited with the surgeon who saved his life

Comedian Bob Mortimer is reunited with the surgeon who saved his life on GMB as they reveal how they recreated his heart operation on a pub TABLE with Paul Whitehouse acting as the nurse

  • Mortimer, 60, reunited with heart surgeon Dr Christopher Young this morning
  • Recalled nurse who said ‘you’ll never be the same’ after someone touches heart
  • And revealed how they recreated the surgery on a pub table for his fishing show  

Comedian Bob Mortimer has been reunited with the surgeon who saved his life, as he reveals how the pair recreated his heart operation on a pub table.

The 60-year-old had a triple heart bypass three years ago in which his heart was stopped for 32 minutes and three ‘tubes’ were attached – taken from his legs.

This morning, Mortimer appeared on Good Morning Britain with his surgeon Dr Christopher Young where they spoke of his surgery and their unusual pub table re-enactment.

The 60-year-old had a triple heart bypass three years ago in which his heart was stopped for 32 minutes and three ‘tubes’ were attached – taken from his legs (pictured, appearing on Good Morning Britain this morning with Dr Young)

Mortimer also revealed how he and Dr Young recreate the surgery on a pub table as part of his new series Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (pictured, the recreation featured on the show this evening)

Dr Young explains that while performing surgery you have to ‘bounce with the heart’ as it’s bouncing around 70 times a minute – and earlier said the heart has to be winched, causing Mortimer to wince

Reuniting with his surgeon on the fishing show he presents alongside Paul Whitehouse, Mortimer reveals how Dr Young surprised them in a pub.

And in the series, Dr Young lies Mortimer down on a table to show viewers how his heart procedure was performed – and uses a knife and fork to demonstrate.

Mortimer quipped on GMB this morning: ‘You wouldn’t normally do your surgery in the pub Chris.’ To which Dr Young replied: ‘It was a first’.

During the mock procedure, fellow host Paul Whitehouse – who himself has heart issues – acts a scrub nurse. And after the procedure Whitehouse jokes: ‘I feel reborn again’.

He added: ‘Seeing Dr Young in the pub, it was relaxing. He was his normal self.’

It was an extraordinary moment for Mortimer, who says he ‘thinks about Dr Young a lot’ following the operation.

Bob gives a tentative thumbs-up in hospital prior to his surgery three years ago. The procedure was performed by Dr Christopher Young

The pair’s new show, which airs tonight on BBC 2, follows the pair’s fishing escapades across the UK and has won legions of fans (left and right, the pair fishing)

Recalling a story a nurse had told him prior to the operation, he said: ‘You’ll feel very different once another human being has touched your heart.

‘You want to make sure that the person who touches it is a good man and Chris is a good man.

‘It’s weird though the thought of someone touching your heart. She said you’ll never be the same.’

Dr Young said he liked the intimacy of his work, saying: ‘It’s just that intimacy, that act of doing it that I find quite awesome.’

Mortimer says he and Whitehouse joke about who is more ill while filming the show. And Mortimer said he hoped Dr Young would confirm at the pub who was the more sickly of the two.

The pair’s new show, which airs tonight on BBC 2, follows the pair’s fishing escapades across the UK and has won legions of fans.

In it, Whitehouse teaches Mortimer about the therapeutic benefits of fishing as both go through a difficult time in their lives.

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