January 19, 2005 --
'EXTREME Makeover" guru Ty Pennington underwent an appendectomy over the weekend while in his hometown of Atlanta shooting the show.
Pennington was in Atlanta, preparing for an upcoming episode, when he was stricken and taken to the hospital, where doctors removed his perforated appendix.
Ever the trouper, Pennington will continue to oversee the show and his design team — but from his hospital bed.
"I don't want to let the family down, and all of us with the show want to give them the new house they deserve," Pennington said.
"Thanks to phones and emails, I will be able to maintain my part by giving input to the other designers and discussing our plans for the house.
"I am just so glad this happened in Atlanta, where I have so much support from my family and friends."
No word on when Pennington will return to the set of the hit ABC show. — Michael Starr