The 42-year-old and his wife Emma tweeted praise to the staff at Manchester’s Wythenshawe Hospital...

Coronation Street star Simon Gregson has heaped praise on the NHS after a doctor saved his wife’s life over the weekend.

The actor, who plays Steve McDonald, paid a touching tribute to the staff at Manchester’s Wythenshawe Hospital after it was revealed his wife Emma Gleave was just hours from death.

Taking to Twitter to express his gratification, the 42-year-old wrote: ‘So three times the wonderful doctors of the NHS have saved my wife’s life even when so over worked and at breaking point??’

Emma explained further in her own post, saying: ‘I usually wouldn’t do this but I was a couple of hours away from not being here to write this.

‘Last night I was rushed into wythenshawe hospital. Long story short, I needed a scan desperately late last night and due to staff shortages no-one was on call.’

She then thanked the doctor who made a midnight dash to the hospital to perform life-saving surgery on her.

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She said: ‘I owe my life to DR Arora who travelled to scan me at Midnight and preformed life saving surgery on me through the night. Our NHS is amazing!!!!!

‘Everyone here does the work of 10 people on their own! Stop the cuts…. the NHS are the backbone of our country. Feeling very lucky today. (sic)’

Fans were quick to send their love to the couple – who revealed in January that they have suffered 11 miscarriages.

One wrote: ‘Thank goodness you got the treatment you desperately needed and thank god for our NHS staff who work relentlessly to deliver our care.’

Another said: ‘Wishing you a safe and speedy recovery with your beautiful family xxx.’

Written by Jenni McKnight