Beverley Callard’s agonising ordeal forced her off Corrie and impacted I’m A Celebrity trials
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Beverley Callard has thrown herself into every challenge going on this year's I'm A Celebrity.
The Coronation Street legend has taken part in the vile eating trial, had a cockroach massage and been chained up and covered in gruesome nasties.
It's quite the achievement for the 63-year-old campmate, particularly considering she left in "absolute hell" battling to walk again just months ago.
Bev defied the odds to get into the castle at all after undergoing two hip surgeries this year, having been told by her doctor she had "no chance" of making it on the show.
But it could have been a very different story.
The Corrie star was left fearing she would be in a wheelchair for life when her first routine hip operation went wrong.
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Bev was left so incapacitated she even thought of having a stairlift installed at her home.
"I have been gone because it has been the worst six months of my life," she told the Sunday Mirror in August this year.
"I have been in the most excruciating pain you can imagine – like teeth grinding inside my hip.
"But worse than that was the mental torture of thinking ‘is this the end for me?
"A huge part of me thought I’d never be able to return to Coronation Street – that I wouldn’t even walk again."
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Bev was supposed to make a dramatic Corrie exit this summer after 30 years playing Liz McDonald, but she was forced to disappear suddenly, leaving millions of fans baffled.
"Liz is famous for mini skirts, stockings and high heels shoes. Not crutches and a mobility scooter. I thought I wouldn’t be able to do my job any more," she said.
"That is how bad it has been. There was definite doubt over whether I would walk again.
"I was in a state of shock and pain for four months. It has been absolute hell."
She went into a hospital in the North West for what she thought would be a routine keyhole surgery op on March 12, with the plan to return to filming on the cobbles just two weeks later.
Bev was initially told the procedure had gone well, but by the time she went to have her stitches out a week later she was in agony.
Bev was left in agonising pain
The the consultant dropped the bombshell it had not gone to plan at all as her hip had crumbled and she needed further operations.
Floored Bev suffered burning pain down her leg and was in tears for days.
"I had absolutely no control over my body – there was nothing I could do to get better. I felt helpless and so did my husband Jon," explained Bev.
When her operation was cancelled, Bev got an appointment with a new consultant and discovered she needed major reconstructive surgery.
Bev had a hip replacement on July 20 and was alone in hospital due to coronavirus restrictions, but still feels the effects of the first surgery.
“I’ve got nerve damage, muscle damage. a lot of muscle has wasted away because I couldn’t walk. I was in hospital for four days and now I’m trying to get better,” she said
“After the second surgery it was a different type of pain. It was sore but bearable. I actually felt a sense of relief when I came round because I knew I was on the road to getting better.
“Now I’m learning how to walk on both legs again. At one point we thought we might have to have a stairlift installed in the house. We even had a look at prices. That was a shock."
Bev has got involved in some terrifying trials
It was rumoured that Bev signed up for I'm A Celeb before the series was moved from Australia to North Wales.
But there were fears she would not be able to take part in the show after complications no one could have forseen.
It was believed Beverley may have had to sit out on all the big trials, but she has fought back and taken everything thrown at her in her stride.
Bev confided in her doctor about the possibility of doing I'm A Celeb, but he was convinced she would have to give it a miss.
"I told him about it and he said, 'Beverley, you've got no chance'," explained the soap star.
However, the doctor was amazed at Bev's progress in the months after her surgery as she worked hard to get back her strength.
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She revealed: "He said I'm a hell of a woman, he said he couldn't believe it and the hospital wanted to use me as an example."
Before going into the castle, Beverley explained the one challenge she was banned from doing, although she has been ruled out from two trials on medical grounds.
"There is only one thing I'm not allowed to do, and that's a bungee jump," Bev told The Mirror.
"That's the only thing I can't do, 'cos I would hate it if they said, 'Beverley can't take part because of medical reasons'.
"I can walk, I can go upstairs, I can do everything. I have not missed one physio session, I've done hydrotherapy, I've done the whole lot.
"Believe me I have worked my socks off to be here, so I am not gonna quit."
*I'm A Celebrity airs tonight on ITV at 9pm