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Martin Clunes: Doc Martin Helped Me Stop "Unnecessary" Operation
7:02am 15th August 2013
Martin Clunes says filming Doc Martin in Port Isaac has meant he stopped surgeons performing an unnecessary operation on his wife.
The star used medical knowledge picked up on the show to stop a hospital taking out her appendix when she had a gall bladder infection.
The fifty-one year old reckons staff thought he really was the curmugenly Cornish GP because they handed him her notes.
"You have to remember that British medical dramas are obliged to be accurate. You can't just make things up as they do on American shows.
"So we have a medical expert on the series and I have learned about certain conditions and procedures." he told Reader's Digest.
"She had an infection in her gall bladder and the surgeon was minded to take out her appendix.
"There was no infection in her appendix and instinct told me that it would be the wrong thing to do. So I took her home instead and she was treated there.
"As Philippa's husband, it was my prerogative to do this. But when I was chatting to hospital staff they handed me her medical notes to look at in a way they might not have with an ordinary member of the public. I do wonder whether there wasn't some confusion between me and Doc Martin."
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