Russell Brand Thanks Doctor for Saving His Mom's Life

His mother, Barbara Brand, suffered from 'terrible abdominal injuries' following a car crash in April.

AceShowbiz - Russell Brand has joined the celebrities celebrating 70 years of Britain's National Health Service by thanking the doctor who saved his mum's life.

The comedian cancelled tour dates to be with his mother, Barbara Brand, after she was badly injured in a car crash in April. She was left with a broken back and neck and was suffering from "terrible abdominal injuries", and had to be pieced back together by a doctor named Uff, who Russell saluted as part of an NHS birthday celebration.

Marking the anniversary, Brand tweeted a picture of himself with his arm around a medical professional, and wrote: "The amazing Mr. Uff who did one of the two life saving operations on my Mum. Happy Birthday #NHS and Happy Birthday Mum. #July5th #NHS70".

The comedian also posted pictures of himself celebrating with other members of staff at an unnamed London hospital.

Brand joins Royal College of Nursing ambassador Emilia Clarke, pop star Cheryl, Jason Isaacs, and Darkest Hour star Samuel West, among the celebrities celebrating the birthday of the NHS with personal anecdotes.

Catastrophe star Sharon Horgan shared a personal thank you to the NHS, writing: "Thank you to the NHS for saving my baby daughter's life and caring for her when she contracted meningococcal meningitis. I love you #NHS70".

Her American co-star Rob Delaney also saluted the NHS, thanking nurses who cared for his son Henry, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

Rob, who is now expecting another child, tweeted: "Happy 70th birthday to the NHS! I moved to the UK 4 yrs ago after 4 decades using US health care. Was amazed at how easily I registered my family at our local GP. Quality care, free at point of use & £8 for prescriptions? Shocking to an American. #NHS70".

He added he was grateful to be able to spend time with his son before he died without the "additional financial stress" of mounting medical bills.

And rapper Professor Green took to Instagram and wrote: "It's the NHS 70 birthday. They've put me back together on several occasions. Happy birthday to the NHS but thank you to everyone overworked and underpaid but making a real contribution to the world and saving lives, caring for people day in day out with ever reduced funding and cuts thanks to our scum bag government. Love to you all for the work you do. You're appreciated".

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