A Place In The Sun’s Laura Hamilton has revealed she was rushed to hospital after having a reaction to the Covid-19 vaccine.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, the TV presenter, 39, took a picture while in A&E with a face mask on as she seemingly waited to be seen by a medical professional.
She wrote over the image: ‘was supposed to be @corinthialondon for a Breast Cancer Afternoon Tea… instead I’m in A&E after a reaction to the second covid jab!’
Shock: A Place In The Sun’s Laura Hamilton revealed she on Monday she was rushed to hospital after having a reaction to her second dose of Covid-19 vaccine
Laura suffers from immune deficiency disease immune thrombocytopenic purpura, and after developing blood spots following the vaccine she was urged to go to hospital.
In a follow-up message, she thanked the NHS for their ‘amazing’ work and said that after having blood tests she was given the all clear.
She wrote: ‘Thank you for your kind well wishes! The NHS really are AMAZING!
‘I developed a few blood spots after my second covid jab and to be safe (beacuse of my ITP) I was advised to go to hospital. I’ve had blood tests and checks and been given the all clear!’
Tests: Laura suffers from immune deficiency disease idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, and after developing blood spots following the vaccine she was urged to go to hospital
ITP is a blood disorder characterised by a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood and also can lead to easy or excessive bruising.
Laura first spoke about the condition last year after she noticed changes in her body following the birth of daughter Tahlia in 2015.
At the time Laura, who had also been on ‘quite a strict diet’, discovered excessive bruising on her legs and was encouraged to see a doctor by her mother-in-law where she was later diagnosed with ITP.
In April she discussed her battle with the rare autoimmune disease with The Sun, and the presenter admitted she was ‘quite fortunate’ and that she is able to ‘manage’ the condition.
What is thrombocytopenia? (ITP)
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a blood disorder characterised by a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood.
Platelets are cells in the blood that help stop bleeding. A decrease in platelets can cause easy bruising, bleeding gums, and internal bleeding.
This disease is caused by an immune reaction against one’s own platelets. It has also been called autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura.
There are two forms of ITP:
Acute thrombocytopenic purpura:
This usually affects young children, ages 2 to 6 years old. The symptoms may follow a viral illness, such as chickenpox. Acute ITP usually starts suddenly and the symptoms usually disappear in less than 6 months, often within a few weeks. Treatment is often not needed. The disorder usually does not recur. Acute ITP is the most common form of the disorder.
Chronic thrombocytopenic purpura:
The onset of the disorder can happen at any age, and the symptoms can last a minimum of 6 months, several years, or a lifetime. Adults have this form more often than children do, but it does affect adolescents. Females have it more often than males. Chronic ITP can recur often and requires continual follow-up care with a blood specialist (hematologist).
- Medications (including over-the-counter medications) can cause an allergy that cross-reacts with platelets.
- Infections, typically viral infections, including the viruses that cause chicken pox, hepatitis C, and AIDS, can prompt antibodies that cross-react with platelets.
- Immune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
- Low-grade lymphomas and leukaemias may produce abnormal antibodies against platelet proteins.
- Sometimes the cause of immune thrombocytopenic purpura is not known.
- The purple colour of the skin after blood has ‘leaked’ under it. Persons with ITP may have large bruises from no known injury. Bruises can appear at the joints of elbows and knees just from movement.
- Tiny red dots under the skin that are a result of very small bleeds.
- Bleeding in the mouth and/or in and around the gums
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Blood in the vomit, urine, or stool
- Bleeding in the head. This is the most dangerous symptom of ITP. Any head injury that occurs when there are not enough platelets to stop the bleeding can be life threatening.
SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine
Laura told the publication: ‘It’s something that’s kind of managed. I’m quite fortunate. It’s okay.’
The presenter also revealed that she was able to provide support to other people diagnosed with ITP after she received her Covid vaccine.
Laura added: ‘I had quite a few people reach out to me saying, “How were you after you had the injection? Did you have bruising and stuff?” And it didn’t actually after I had the injection, but I did feel like I punched in my arm for like a week.’
The presenter also candidly reflected on the moment when she was diagnosed with ITP, saying at the time she weighed just 7st4lbs due to a ‘strict diet’ with people claiming the condition was caused by her weight loss.
Laura said that she ‘gradually’ realised that she needed to be a ‘good role model’ so she put some weight back on and is now ‘normal and healthy’.
The TV star added that it was a ‘coincidence’ that she developed an autoimmune disease 10 months after her daughter Tahlia, now five, was born in 2015.
Laura continued: ‘But there were people going, “Oh it’s because you lost loads of weight”. And I gradually sort of thought, right, this isn’t good, I need to be a good role model and I put some weight back on.’
Laura first spoke about her battle with ITP in a candid interview with the Mirror last year where she admitted it was ‘terrifying’ discovering excessive bruises.
She told the publication: ‘When Tahlia was about seven months old, I was due to drive to Portugal to film a fitness app, but a few days before I was due to go I started noticing all this bruising coming out on my legs.
‘At first I wondered if the bruises might have been caused by my diet. I was always someone who bruised quite easily anyway, but it was more than normal.’
Laura revealed that she was encouraged to see a doctor by her mother-in-law and that she thought bruising could have been due to having two young children. At the time her kids – Tahlia, was seven months, while son Rocco was a toddler.
The presenter was then diagnosed with ITP and they discovered that her platelet levels were ‘dangerously low’, with doctors explaining that she was at a potential risk of haemorrhaging and bleeding on the brain.
Laura said that while she was due to start on steroids, her platelet count improved by itself and she was able to not take medicine.
She added: ‘Once you’ve had ITP, it’s always there, so after you’ve had a flare-up it can happen again.’
Laura admitted that she can’t recall ‘one particular stressful situation’ which triggered ITP and that she thought it could have been her body dealing with her busy lifestyle.