Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock endured a terrible Christmas that saw him ending up in hospital following an accident at home.
The 27-year-old multi-medal winning athlete saw Christmas dinner ruined after he was forced to divert from the kitchen straight to A&E.
The dad-of-one suffered injury to his foot and missed out on all the celebrations as his festive day turned to disaster.
Taking to Instagram on the evening of Christmas Day, Max shred a photograph of his foot all bandaged up, and a second image showing him hobbling to a car with his foot covered in plastic.
Revealing his festive catastrophe, he wrote: “So had to cook Christmas dinner this year at home.
“Which ended up with a little trip to A&E and a burnt left foot and no Christmas dinner!!”
The Olympic heartthrob went on to pay tribute to the doctors and nurses who treated him, writing: “NHS staff, thanks for being amazing.”
And he also ensured fans he was recovering well, typing: “All good though.”
Rounding off his update, he added: “Merry Christmas” alongside tree and Santa emojis.
Fans were quick to send Max well wishes and hopes of a speedy recovery – while one fan suggested the day would at least be “one Christmas to remember”.
The Christmas period is traditionally a busy one for hospitals – with recent years seeing wild increases in people calling ambulances and dashing to A&E.
In 2015, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust reported a 13 percent increase on emergency calls – with 102,238 calls made in 2014.
While hospitals this winter were predicting to be under pressure due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Christmas Day marked a grim day in UK Covid death statistics as the 70,000 victims mark was passed following a further 570 deaths.