Big Brother star Jade Goody has had emergency surgery to remove a tumour on her bowel, according to her spokesman Max Clifford.

Clifford said the 27-year-old star had been in ‘quite a lot of pain’ so doctors decided to perform the four-hour operation on Friday.

According to BBC Online, they managed to remove the tumour without damaging the bowel and she was resting in a London hospital.

“As you would imagine she’s very very sore and tender,” he said. “She has tubes in her neck and up her nose to try to cure the pain.

“She had been experiencing an awful lot of discomfort – and was blocked up and her tummy was swelling up.”

Clifford said doctors were hoping she would be well enough to start a new course of chemotherapy next week, but said it depended “on how she responds to the operation she had yesterday”.

Earlier this week, Jade revealed the cancer had spread to her bowel, liver and groin.

“I am devastated, frightened and angry. I don’t want to die, I have so much to live for,” she said.

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