When she announced her reasons for her absence on air, Samantha Armytage left her fans heartbroken.
She explained to Sunrise viewers and co-host David Koch that both of her parents are actually in the hospital with her mother Libby “gravely ill” having heart failure.
Even her father Mac recently suffered a stroke.
“Mum has an auto-immune disease, she has had it for about 15 years, and it’s attacking her heart now,” Armytage explained live on air.
“Then on the way out the door to visit mum at the hospital, dad collapsed… he’s had a stroke and is in rehab now.”
“Thank God he was in Sydney at my place so we got him straight in the ambulance.”
Armytage explained her father “has got a bit of paralysis on his left side” but “is a tough old bugger, so he’s getting there.”
“So I’ve got two of them in hospital, but at least they’re in the same hospital now, so it’s a bit more manageable.”
“So that’s where I have been… not on holidays!” she joked.
“To anyone out there with loved ones in the hospital right now or anyone out there near your parents right now, give them a hug for me,” she wrote.
“Now, can 2020 just p**s off already xx”.