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Martin King to take time off work for wife Jenny's brain tumour surgery

Last week, Jenny revealed that a brain tumour she had been treated for in 2011 was “growing back.”

Six O'Clock Show presenter Martin King and wife photographer Jenny McCarthy Photo: Brian McEvoy

Neasa Cumiskey

Martin King has said that he plans to take time off work following his wife Jenny McCarthy’s brain tumour diagnosis.

Last week, Jenny revealed that a brain tumour she had been treated for in 2011 was “growing back.”

The photographer, who had surgery to remove the tumour a decade ago, has said she has further surgery scheduled for early February.

Her broadcaster husband Martin has now said that he wants to be by her side during this time.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, The Six O’Clock Show host said: “My wife is telling me not to [take time off] and we are in the position where our children are a little bit older so they are a bit more responsible.

“So, Jenny put things in place so I don’t need to take time off, but I will take some time off, especially when she first comes out of hospital so I’ll be there.

“More to babysit her to make sure she isn’t doing stuff and that she is minding herself and relaxing.”

Martin added that he and Jenny are extremely thankful for the kind messages they’ve received from members of the public.

“It was so lovely. It really rekindles your faith in human kindness when you receive messages like that.

“We’re in a good place. Jenny is in a good place. We’re just looking forward to the other side of it.”

Jenny recently announced to her Instagram followers that her brain tumour had returned, writing: “Hello Everyone. So, I have some news… not the best news but not the worst news either.

“Some of you may already know that I had a brain tumour removed successfully in 2011 by an incredible person, Professor Ciarán Bolcer at Beaumont Hospital.

“Unfortunately, after a recent brain scan, it seems there is new activity. This means there is some ‘swollen tissue’ which is probably the tumour growing back.”

However, she had “good news” after speaking to experts, adding: “Good news is, it’s not malignant and Professor Bolger will need to carry out some more brain surgery to remove it.”

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