Wednesday, December 9, 1998 Published at 10:33 GMT
Nimmo 'starting to recover'
Derek Nimmo: Underwent emergency surgery for a blood clot
Comedy actor Derek Nimmo is showing the first signs of improvement after he was seriously injured after falling down stairs at his London home last week.
He is still in a critical but stable condition at Atkinson Morley's Hospital in Wimbledon, south west London, which specialises in brain injuries.
Although he is still in a coma, his agent said he is showing signs of recovery.
Barry Burnett said: "He has responded to movement and sound. We are very pleased about that."
Mr Nimmo, 68, tripped and fell on the stairs at his home on Kensington last Wednesday after he had been out for a meal with Pat, his wife of 43 years.
He underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain the following day and has been in intensive care ever since.
Now working as a theatre impresario, he overcame a stutter to launch a comic acting career in the 1960s. Now much in demand as an after-dinner speaker, he is also a regular panellist on the BBC Radio 4 show, Just A Minute.
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