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Phillip Schofield's brother leaves hospital: 'Best Christmas present ever!'

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Phillip Schofield's younger brother Tim has returned home from hospital after battling an illness. On Tuesday evening, the This Morning host uploaded a selfie on his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts showing the siblings smiling side by side. "The BEST Christmas present EVER, my brother Tim is home, faster than I ever imagined possible," the 53-year-old captioned the photograph.Tim's release from hospital follows a scary few weeks for the Schofield family. Phillip had to take a leave of absence from This Morning after his brother was "suddenly taken ill" at the start of December, and only returned to his presenting duties last week once Tim was on the mend.

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Phillip Schofield's brother Tim has returned home from hospital in time for Christmas

The cause of Tim's hospitalisation is not known, although it is thought he suffers from Type 1 diabetes.On his first day back at work, Phillip paid tribute to the NHS team who saved his brother's life, sharing a heartfelt message on Facebook. "To the astonishing team at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and our remarkable emergency services… THANK YOU for saving my amazing brother," he wrote. "The hardest 2 weeks of all our lives and you were there for all of us, as you tirelessly fixed him, you sensitively fixed us.

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Phillip had to take a leave of absence from This Morning after Tim was "suddenly taken ill"

"I've seen the astonishing work of our incredible NHS in action and I'm truly humbled by each and every one of you & what you do. THANK YOU xx. "He continued to applaud the health service during his first show back. "It's been a very, very tough couple of weeks but all sorted now," he told viewers. "Getting there but that's all good. Long process. I should say, my goodness me, how lucky we are with the NHS."When you read the papers you only ever see the bad stuff, you only see the complaints but I have seen the very, very best and it's incredible. When you see it up close it is quite astonishing."

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