The ‘world’s best heart surgeon’ had to pause his This Morning interview today when his mobile started going off.
Professor Stephen Westaby, who has held the hearts of 11,000 patients over an amazing 40 years career, admitted doctors can NEVER turn their phones off.
As he was speaking about dealing with the loss of life, a mobile phone started pinging, prompting everyone to check their phones.
Presenter Eamonn Holmes insisted he was innocent and he suspected that wife Ruth Langsford was responsible.
But Ruth got her phone out and revealed her was on silent, before the heart surgeon confirmed it was his mobile.
He said: “The trouble is doctors can never switch their phones off.”
This Morning viewers feared someone had DIED and he was missing some important messages.
Taking to Twitter , one said: “That’s 2 ignored messages now. Someone is probably dead”
“Oops second text , patient dead lol,” added another.
A third said: “This Drs making me laugh how “drs need to keep their phones in”, he’s not even looked at it and won’t switch to silent. So funny!!!”
Professor Westaby, who has released new book The Knife’s Edge, revealed he had lost at least 300 to 400 patients over the years.
He said: “I honestly can’t say I remember every one but many stick out in my mind. If you’re a heart surgeon your doing it because you want to save lives.
“But many with heart disease are very sick. You can say they’re too sick or I’m going to take that on and try.”
The heart surgeon confessed you had to walk away and focus on the next patient when someone does pass away.
Later on, his phone pinged once again during the interview.
While he was talking about stress, he joked: “If my phone pings, it’s a source of annoyance to you.”
Ruth replied: “We’ll let you off.”
This Morning viewers were in awe of the surgeon and took to Twitter to praise him.
One viewer said: “What a brilliant man Stephen Westaby is. Knight him!”
Another added: “It’s men and women like this Surgeon who deserve the knighthoods…”
A third said: “Stephen Westaby saved my mum’s life he operated when no one else would as she was so high risk. The most wonderful man
*This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am