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Jade Goody rushed to hospital to undergo surgery

2009-03-02 04:01:03 GMT2009-03-02 12:01:03 (Beijing Time)

An upset Jade is consoled by husband Jack Tweed as she leaves her Essex home on Friday

Jade pictured leaving her Essex home on Friday to go the Clare Hospice

Cancer-stricken Jade Goody was rushed to hospital last night to undergo surgery in an attempt to relieve awful stomach pains, Mail Online reported.

The 27-year-old Big Brother star returned to the Royal Marsden Hospital, in Fulham, south west London, from the Essex hospice where she was being treated early yesterday evening.

Her publicist Max Clifford said Jade, who has been given weeks to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, had spent yesterday in agony.

Mr Clifford said last night: 'She has a great deal of pain from her tummy and they don't seem to be able to get it under control.

'I asked her where the pain was and she said in her tummy, which is where it was before when they operated to remove a blockage in her bowel. She was sobbing and petrified.

'She was in absolute agony and obviously very frightened.

'She is going back to the Marsden. There's likely to be further surgery tonight or tomorrow.

'I just had a very emotional phone call from her.'

Mr Clifford said Jade left the hospice in an ambulance with a police escort at about 5pm.

She was taken to St Clare Hospice, in Hastingwood, near Harlow, Essex, on Friday night and had been due to return to her home, in nearby Upshire, tomorrow.

But Mr Clifford said doctors had explained that surgery was likely to be the best option.

'I think it's just to get her out of this awful pain that she is in,' said Mr Clifford.

'When I spoke to her she said she might need further surgery. She says they've explained things to her and that's what's likely to happen. She said: "Whatever gets me out of this pain".'

Mr Clifford denied her admission to hospital was a setback in her battle against the disease.

'It's a continuing process but we hope they will be able to get things under control,' he said.

'She wants to go home. She doesn't want to be in hospital.'

He added: 'She's very frightened. She was sobbing on the phone to me. She said: "Why can't they get me out of all this pain?".

'Hopefully that's what they're going to do.'

Mr Clifford said Jade was surrounded by friends at the hospice.

He said he believed her husband, Jack Tweed, 21, who she wed last Sunday, was watching the Carling Cup final between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur with one of Goody's two sons.

Tweed, who was thought to have attended the showpiece Wembley final, is due to appear before magistrates in Epping, Essex, today to face a charge of assault.

Jade is due to be christened next Saturday at a church close to her home with her boys, Bobby, five, and Freddie, four.

However she is said to be considering bringing forward the event to mid-week because her health is deteriorating so rapidly, according to reports.

She also plans to record a television interview with Piers Morgan for ITV early next week, Mr Clifford said.

The news comes after the reality star pleaded with Tweed not to take her to a hospice on Friday over fears she would die away from home.

She was so disorientated and confused after the hallucinogenic effects of a new cancer drug she refused to leave her Upshire, Essex home.

Eventually after four hours of coaxing by her husband, two of her bridesmaids and visiting nurses, Jade finally agreed to check into St Clare Hospice in nearby Harlow.

Jade was so distressed on Friday, she told friends she feared she wouldn't last the week.

A friend of Jade told the Sunday Mirror: 'She’s been in utter pain and at times is extremely anxious - yet she’s being typically selfless and can only think about what’s right for her boys.

'She said, "I’m not going to make it to the weekend."'

Clifford said of the christening: 'It will be a local church then a party for all the children. She wants to make it as big a party as possible.

'She is going to get christened herself as well. She wanted to do that.'

Bishop Jonathan Blake, who performed the couple's wedding last weekend, is expected to oversee the baptism of Bobby Jack, five; and Freddie, four.

The Bishop said he is prepared to perform the christening wherever possible to make things easier for Jade. He said: 'The christening can happen anywhere, inside or outside, there are no restrictions. It can even be carried out in the hospice, if that’s where Jade wants it. It would not matter one iota if she is bedridden.

'The family have asked me to keep quiet about the ceremony they want and I must respect their privacy. She knows I am there for her when she needs me.'

Despite her turmoil, Jade was given a boost when she received a handwritten letter from David and Victoria Beckham.

It read: 'Both David and I are genuinely moved by your fight against this cruel illness.

'We are both thinking of you at what must be a terrible time.

'We wanted to offer your two lovely children a gift we hope they will both like.

'We know they are mad keen football fans so we have sent them two AC Milan kits.'

Speaking to friends and family at her bedside over the last few days, Jade has been discussing her funeral and told them she wants to be buried, not cremated.

Jade's close friend and bridesmaid Jennifer Smith told the News Of The World: 'Jade has asked us to start planning the funeral.

'When I sighed and told her we didn’t need to worry about that yet she said back firmly, "No, no, we need to sort things out. I want to tell you what I want."

'That’s Jade being Jade. She’s told me the songs she wants but I’ve promised not to say anything until she’s gone.'

Jade's mother Jackiey Budden has raised concerns her daughter needs to have a proper conversation with Bobby and Freddie's father Jeff Brazier, about their future upbringing.

The boys are currently staying with Jeff in Manchester, where he has been presenting the X Factor Live Tour.

Jade is determined for her sons not to see during her lowest points and agreed to send the boys to spend time with their father, who will have custody of them following her demise.

Clifford added: 'Jack has been in and has stayed and the children are going to see her.

'Of course, the boys don't know it's a hospice. They just think mummy is in hospital.'

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