Actor Stephen Fry said he is still “self-conscious” when he leaves the house without his walking stick, which he has used since falling six feet to a concrete floor.
Fry, 66, was leaving the stage at London’s O2 Arena in September when he fell and ended up being taken to hospital.
Speaking to the BBC, he said he is “now without a stick” after the accident, which left him with broken bones.
He said: “I bowed after giving this talk, turned to walk off the stage and didn’t realize I was walking off a part of the stage where there was nothing.
“Six foot drop on concrete.
“So I broke my right leg in a couple of places and my hip and my pelvis in four places and a bunch of ribs.
“I am well now. I am now without a stick. Like Lazarus, I have cast aside my crutches and stick.”
On what it’s like not using her cane, Fry added: “More than helping you walk and being a support, [it] is a flag for all around.
“And I live in central London where, as you know, the pavements are absolutely packed, so people suddenly stop to take a picture of the lights, and you get very nervous about bumping into people when it’s slippery and slippery, with a wet leaf on the pavement.
“Actually, it’s been fine so far, but I feel a little self-conscious without the stick.”
The former QI host also spoke about the treatment he received while in hospital, saying a surgeon warned he could recover for “months and months” unless he took the prescribed painkillers.
According to Fry, the surgeon said: “For six or seven weeks you will lie down unable to move and what will happen to your muscles… they will atrophy and your recovery will take months and months and months .”
He went on to thank what he called the “extraordinary” health care system.
Earlier this year he took part in a campaign for public ownership of the NHS called We Own It, which criticizes the outsourcing of services.
In a video released by the group’s page on X, he said: “We own it. It’s ours. The NHS belongs to us.”