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Neighbours star Melissa Bell’s brave battle to save her husband’s life

In this Woman’s Day exclusive, former Neighbours actress Melissa Bell reveals she has spent three weeks fighting to save her husband Gary, who remains in a coma in hospital.

By Phillip Koch
Melissa Bell

43-year-old Melissa is entering the fourth week of a heartbreaking bedside vigil, praying for a miracle to bring the love of her life back to his family.

Her husband of 15 years, Gary, 57, was struck down with a massive heart attack last month while he was at work on the Gold Coast, and has been unconscious ever since.

“He actually died on November 12, and he was brought back,” Melissa explained to Woman's Day, revealing Gary was deprived of oxygen for 30 minutes after the attack.

A devastated Melissa realises even a miracle will not restore Gary to full health, but says even if he is in a vegetative state she wants to take him home to their three children – Jonathan, 15, Isabella, 11 and William, 7 – in the hope his brain will eventually repair itself.

Happier times. Melissa and her beloved husband Gary in 2005.
Happier times. Melissa and her beloved husband Gary in 2005.

“I took wedding vows: for richer, for poorer; for better, for worse; in sickness and health, until death do us part, and I strongly hold onto those vows and I know he would do the same thing for me,” the defiant mum told us.

To see Melissa’s full heartbreaking interview and find out how their children are coping, pick up this week’s issue of Woman’s Day, on sale now.

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