Oh blimey, I just read the rest of the thread...ouch!
Think yourself lucky Keithy, in the common or garden rabbit, the appendix is much, much bigger. Although in your case, it would have made it easier to find!
The problem with the human appendix is that it's a left-over from evolution. Ours doesn't really do anything, and it's very small. So it's prone to getting full of crap, getting infected and bursting - OUCH!
Anyway, think yourself lucky: my mum had hers out about 3mths ago at the age of 84. And she got bloody peritonitis, too. She was a funny grey colour for about 3 days before they finally decided to whip it out. And when they did, they had to spend half an hour cleaning out her abdominal cavity because hers had burst. Eejits
. She's right as rain now, thank God