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8 December 2019, 13:14
Following health problems as a child, Andy Whyment's parents saw it as a sign he was destined for stardom.
Speaking to The Mirror, the Coronation Street actor’s mum opened up about the 38 year old’s health problems as a baby, saying he has two star-shaped scars on his chest from having surgery for a collapsed lung.
His mum, Jackie, said: “He had problems at birth and had to have two tubes put in his chest whilst on a ventilator.
“They left two scars in the shape of two stars. Fred [his dad] said he was going to be a star.”
She continued: “We were advised to get a priest, but he fought. We knew then he was here for a purpose. He was in the special care unit for six weeks.”
According to the campmate, who plays Kirk Sutherland on Corrie, the doctors didn’t think he would survive.
He said: “If I’d been born ten years earlier I wouldn’t have stood a chance because they wouldn’t have had the medical equipment.”
The star, who is in the final of the ITV show, now helps out with children’s charities.
Andy has become a national treasure during his jungle stint, with fans praising every move he makes, including his part in the Celebrity Cyclone challenge.
One fan tweeted: “Andy Whyment doing Celebrity Cyclone might be the best tv I’ve ever seen? #ImACeleb.”
“Ya know andy is the real northerner when he strides up the celebrity cyclone like it’s a typical Monday morning #ImACeleb [sic],” another added.