Jonathan Ross says daughter is 'showing some improvement' amid health struggles
The TV star updated fans on how his daughter Betty is getting on, saying she is doing better
Jonathan Ross has opened up about his daughter Betty's health struggles, revealing she is using an electric wheelchair.
The TV star has two girls with his wife Jane Goldman – Betty, 31, and Honey, 25 – and said his eldest suffers from fibromyalgia.
Speaking on Loose Women, he said it had been “a tough couple of years” but that she was “getting slowly better”.
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Ross said: “She has fibromyalgia and she has chronic fatigue syndrome and PoTS syndrome as well, which is where your heart rate shoots up.
“We found a good… there's a thing called the Perrin treatment. The guy who invented it, he came to talk to me about it and she looked it up online because she's a smart young woman, so she has to want to do the treatment.
“You know, I mean, I can't just say to her ‘try this, try that’ if she thinks it’s wrong in some way and if she’s not going to enter it 100%, of course it's not worth doing. But we've been having that treatment going on and she's definitely showing some improvement.”
The star told presenter Kaye Adams and co that Betty “still can't walk very far”.
“We got her an electric wheelchair in the summer, so we can at least go out and go for walks with the dogs and that's lifted her spirits a lot,” said the 62-year-old.
“Because that's the problem, if anyone out there who knows or who's got someone with a long-term illness, you know, it's the depression. Being stuck indoors and not being able to join in with things because even stairs are a challenge to her.”
Ross said if they are going out they make sure to give Betty a lot of time to get ready and get downstairs.
“It does have an impact,” he told the panellists.
“But the good news is she's definitely showing improvement and feeling better in herself.
“So we're relieved and we're happy with that.”
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According to the NHS, fibromyalgia, which is also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), “is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body”.
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