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Kerri-Anne Kennerley’s husband John is in a “comfortable position” after spinal surgery

The husband of Aussie television personality Kerri-Anne Kennerley is in a “comfortable position” after undergoing lengthy spinal surgery.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley and John Kennerley

Overnight, doctors at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital performed intricate surgery on John Kennerley’s upper neck in the hopes to aid in the recovery of his broken spine.

The injury was a result of an horrific balcony fall at a Coffs Harbour golf course over the weekend.

An official statement given by Kerri-Anne’s manager, Sean Anderson, revealed that an MRI conducted late Monday showed a bone fracture between the C2 and C3 vertebrae, which are located at the very base of the neck.

“John underwent a lengthy operation last night,” says Sean. “The doctors said the surgery went well,”

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“Doctors tried to remove the ventilator this morning and that was not successful. They will continue to try over the coming days. John is in a comfortable condition and is in the best of hands at Royal North Shore Hospital.”

John’s loving wife has not left his side since he was airlifted to the hospital from Coffs Harbour on Monday. She was seen outside hospital grounds on Tuesday, after the night’s procedure.

The couple were enjoying a night of celebrations at the picturesque Bonville Golf Resort, laughing with friends and posing for photos when he stepped back from the restaurant’s ledge and took a nasty tumble onto the lawn, landing on his head.

The night of the accident: Kerri-Anne and John looked loved-up as they posed for photos.

“It happened just outside the restaurant, he fell in a very awkward manner on to the lawn,” said Brad Daymond, the general manager of the Bonville Golf Resort, “It was extremely unlucky,”

The British businessman was placed into an induced coma before being flown to ICU to be treated by specialists at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

Naturally, friends of the couple are rushing to support both John and KAK in this time of need.

“Kerri-Anne would like to thank everyone for their messages and support,” her manager said.

Kerri-Anne and John married at the Sydney Opera House in 1994.

But whilst the 62-year-old is known and loved for being one of the media’s strongest women, friends of the TV personality are showing their concern.

“She’s a very strong woman, but she’d be distraught about this,” a source close to KAK tells Woman’s Day exclusively.

Paying tribute to their incredibly close bond, our source adds, “They’re known by many to have the strongest marriage in Australian showbiz. He worships the ground she walks on, and she’s crazy in love with him.”

Our thoughts are with John and Kerri-Anne at this difficult time.

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