Peter Wright was not at his best during the Grand Slam of Darts and has since pulled out of the Players Championship Finals but this was after his wife, Jo was rushed to hospital enduring complications from a gallbladder removal op.
Wright was told to play on but went out in the group stages and was by his wife's side from there on, speaking to Oche, he opened up on a tough few weeks.
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“It has been a dreadful couple of weeks. Jo was taken to hospital on the first weekend of the Grand Slam. Jo was in absolute agony and told me she feared she was dying because the pain was that bad," said Wright to Oche180.
“Firstly docs thought she was just rundown after the gallbladder and hysterectomy removal. Apparently the pain was caused by a slit in the bile duct which meant bile was leaking inside her.
“Since then she has deteriorated with other issues including dehydration and even a collapsed lung. On top of it all, I wasn’t allowed into the hospital to see her for six days. It’s just been ridiculously worrying for us all.
“Obviously I couldn’t concentrate on darts at all. My mind was completely on Jo and not the Grand Slam, I was not at the races at all. The worry still isn’t over at all. Jo is still in hospital and is undergoing tests and trying to recover.”
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His wife, Jo also spoke as part of the interview and gave her account of it all saying she feared for her life and that it was meant to be the easier of the surgeries.
“I was hallucinating and seeing monsters, it was very scary," she said.
“If a window had been high enough to jump out of to die, I would have jumped.
“I’m not allowed home yet because of the collapsed lung. It’s been one thing after enough. I’ve still to have another back operation. The gallbladder op was supposed to be the easier of the surgeries.”
But despite that, Wright will now aim for the World Darts Championship and defending his title despite by his own admission not having the best preparation for it.
“It’s been so tough. I will return to defend the Worlds. But it’s far from the best preparation.”