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Dannii Minogue recovering from emergency surgery

Pop sensation and X Factor judge Dannii Minogue is recovering from a terrifying bout of acute appendicitis. 

The 39-year-old Australian star was rushed to hospital on April 23 with crippling stomach pains and underwent emergency surgery to remove her appendix. Luckily she caught it in time and was discharged two days ago, on April 27. 

A spokeswoman for Minogue explained that she's now recuperating at home:

"Dannii was taken into hospital with stomach pains. She was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and had an emergency operation. She is now convalescing."

She has since been posting messages to well-wishing fans on Twitter, and wrote:

"Thanks for all your lovely messages. @KrisSmith13 is getting boyfriend points looking after me :-) and little Ethan's smile is making me melt. Happy days."

Watch Dannii interview her sister Kylie during her recent Aphrodite Les Folies tour, here: