Monday 11 December 2017

It was almost as painful as labour - DJ Nikki Hayes on her recent health scare

Nikki Hayes recently underwent an appendectomy
Nikki Hayes recently underwent an appendectomy
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Radio presenter Nikki Hayes has said a recent bout of appendicitis was almost "like being in labour again".

The Spin 1038 DJ (36) was floored after being suddenly struck down with the agonising condition.

Opening up about her recent health scare, she said she initially thought she had picked up the winter vomiting bug.

But as her symptoms worsened, she was admitted to Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, where doctors carried out a series of tests to find the cause of the pain.

Radio presenter Nikki Hayes was off work for 10 days
Radio presenter Nikki Hayes was off work for 10 days

"I'm the most unfortunate person in the world. I just thought I had the vomiting bug, so I was out of work on the Tuesday and then I went into Connolly hospital on the Wednesday," Nikki said.

"They initially said that it was appendicitis, then they thought it was something else, so they monitored me for a few hours.

"I told the nurse that it was the nearest I felt to labour pains - which we're meant to forget about."

Upon confirming their original diagnosis of appendicitis, she was then rushed into surgery last Thursday, where she had her appendix removed.

She spent four days in hospital and was off work for 10 days, but is "all good now" as she returns to the airwaves this week.


A presenter with Spin for the past five years, she formerly fronted her own show on RTE's 2fm.

She's also a busy mum to two-year-old Farrah, her little girl with husband Frank Black, whom she married at a ceremony in Dublin's central registry office last May.

The well-known radio star has also spoken openly about her health challenges over the years.

She has a history of depression and anxiety and has become an ambassador for mental health issues.

She believes that talking about her difficulties has been a key factor in helping her cope.

Nikki said that her daughter was "amazing".

"Every time I look at her, I think 'I want you to be everything that I wasn't'. I want her to be confident. I want her to love herself," she said.

Nikki also paid tribute to her husband, who gives her so much support.


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