THIS WEEK IN 1986: Charlene’s breast cancer op is aired live on BBC television

As she waited to be taken to the operating theater for what was expected to be a half-hour operation, Mrs Evans, pictured right, 24, of Kennedy Way, Purbrook, said she was 'petrified' (6713-1)
As she waited to be taken to the operating theater for what was expected to be a half-hour operation, Mrs Evans, pictured right, 24, of Kennedy Way, Purbrook, said she was 'petrified' (6713-1)
Castle Primary School.  Picture Credit: Keith Woodland 180312-052.

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Charlene Evans was stunned when her doctor told her she had a lump in one breast – and that the BBC wanted to film an operation to remove it.

Her operation at Queen Alexandra Hospital would be watched by millions – and Mrs Evans hoped to be fit enough to watch it herself.

As she waited to be taken to the operating theatre for what was expected to be a half-hour operation, Mrs Evans, pictured right, 24, of Kennedy Way, Purbrook, said she was ‘petrified.’

‘But knowing I was going to be on television helped to take my mind off the operation,’ she said.

‘I have never had an operation before. The only time I was in hospital was to have my two children,’ she added.

Her operation would be shown on ‘Hospital Watch,’ a three-times-daily TV look at staff and patients and staff in QA Hospital and St Mary’s in Portsmouth.

The lump was found in one of Mrs Evan’s breasts just before Christmas.

‘My doctor said I should come into hospital. The next moment he asked me if the BBC could film the operation . I was stunned and when I told my husband, Stephen, he thought it was a joke,’ said Mrs Evans.