Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden rushed to Los Angeles to be with her father-in-law after an accident left him in a coma. The News Of The World reports that Mike Hughes - father of Amanda's husband Chris Hughes - was injured when a car flipped over and landed on him. However it took two days for doctors to find out who he was as he had no identification on him. As a result Amanda and Chris cancelled all their engagements and gone to Los Angeles to be by his bedside in intensive care. "It's a miracle he is still alive," said a friend of 72-year-old Mike, who is a showbiz agent. "He was in a coma for two days and nobody knew who he was because he didn't have any identification on him." The couple arrived back in London late last week after spending two weeks in hospital with Mike, as he slowly recovered. "It's been a terrible couple of weeks for both Chris and Amanda who have been keeping a bedside vigil but it appears Mike is now on the mend and getting stronger every day," the friend said. "He is out of hospital but is being looked after by a nurse 24/7." A spokeswoman for Amanda told the paper, "It's been a very tough time but it looks like Mike is out of the woods and making a full recovery."
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.