BBC star Jennie Gow, 45, suffers serious stroke as husband helps her share health update

BBC and Formula One broadcaster Jennie Gow has revealed that she suffered a serious stroke just after Christmas.

The 45 year old media veteran held a prominent role in Netflix's F1 series, Drive to Survive, and has worked as a Formula One and MotoGP correspondent on the BBC.

Explaining her recent absence from social media, and TV screens, Jennie shared that she recently suffered a serious stroke, that has severely impacted her communication skills.

"Hi everyone, been quiet the last few weeks, this is because I suffered a serious stroke two weeks ago" read a message posted to her Twitter page.

"My husband is helping me type this, as I’m finding it hard to write and my speech is most affected. I’m desperate to make a full recovery and return to work but it might take some time.

"Thank you to the medical teams at Frimley and St George’s and my family and friends who’ve got me through the last fortnight X"

Fans were quick to send their well-wishes to the TV presenter, with one writing: "I'm so, so sorry to hear this Jennie – you're such a strong person and I know you'll do everything to recover but please take care of yourself first and foremost, work will be there any time. Sending you and your family all my love."

Another wrote: "Jennie, so desperately sorry to read this and sending all my love and strength. You WILL get through this but take all the time you need. We’ll all be here. So much love. Xxx"

A number of Formula One teams sent their own messages to Jennie, with the McLaren F1 team writing: "Wishing you a speedy recovery, Jennie. The entire team sends their love and strength as we look forward to seeing you back in the paddock.

And the Aston Martin team added: "Jennie, we're all sending you lots of love and our best wishes for your recovery. We look forward to seeing you in the paddock again soon."

Jennie began her broadcast career at the BBC in 1999, where she quickly established herself as a keen mind in the field of motorsport, including both F1 and MotoGP.

She rose to further prominence in the motorsports world when she filled in for pit lane reporter Natalie Pinkham on Radio 5 Live.

In 2021 Jennie began her first full-time position in the world of F1 reporting, and last year she celebrated a decade of working in the F1 industry.

This sad news means that it is rather unlikely that Jennie will report on the upcoming 2023 F1 campaign, which gets underway with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 5.


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