‘Grateful and happy’: Jimmy Barnes makes it home just in time for Christmas

Dec 23, 2023
It has been a long and challenging road for Barnes to make his way back home. Source: Getty Images.

Beloved Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes has made it home just in time for Christmas following a prolonged hospital stay in which he battled a serious infection and underwent open heart surgery.

In the latest update to social media, Barnes’ wife shared heartwarming pictures of the 67 year old finally in the comfort of his own bed, smiling with his overjoyed grandson by his side.

“Every test you can have under the sun. Bacterial pneumonia, back surgery, staph in his bloodstream, open heart surgery. Now, Jimmy is home, grateful, and happy,” she wrote.

“Everyone cheering him on has helped our family get through. As for the entire medical team, doctors & nurses at SVPH, you are the best in the world. Scottish genes are tough. Teddy is ready for Christmas.”


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Fans couldn’t contain their happiness at the sight of Barnes finally out of hospital, many supporters wishing him all the best for Christmas.

“We are beaming and Teddy is the best medicine of all,” one fan wrote.

“Amazing and happy for Jimmy and all the Barnes family.”

“So glad you’re home with your beautiful family Jimmy. Merry Christmas to all the Barnes family.”

“Rest up jimmy. So glad you’re home and in your own bed with your grandkids visiting you,” commented another.

“I am so happy for you all. It’s been another long & difficult road that you have conquered. Well done team Barnes. Enjoy this very special Christmas.”

It has been a long and challenging road for Barnes to make his way back home.

After being admitted to hospital in late November with bacterial pneumonia, Barnes shocked fans when he announced that he was to undergo open heart surgery after the infection spread.

“Unfortunately I got some bad news late yesterday … despite everyone’s best efforts the bacterial infection I’ve been battling over the last fortnight has apparently now spread to my heart,” he said at the time

“It’s infected an otherwise healthy valve that was replaced some years ago due to a congenital defect, so I’ll be getting open-heart surgery over the next few hours to clear out this infection and put in a clean valve.

“Obviously this is going to take me out of action for a while. I know lots of other people are battling even worse things but it still feels hugely frustrating.

“Just a few weeks ago I was the fittest I’ve been in decades!”

Despite concerns from fans, Barnes made massive strides in his recovery in no time with regular updates showing the Working Class Man hitmaker all smiles from his hospital bed and others in which he was up and about and walking around the hospital.

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