Laura Hamilton of A Place In The Sun has revealed she was rushed to hospital following a reaction to the Covid-19 vaccine.
The TV host, 39, took a photo on Instagram on Monday while in the ER wearing a facemask while seemingly waiting to be seen by a medical professional.
She wrote about the image: ‘should be @corinthialondon for a breast cancer Afternoon Tea… instead I’m in the ER after a reaction to the second covid jab!’
Shock: A Place In The Sun’s Laura Hamilton revealed she was rushed to hospital on Monday after reacting to her second dose of Covid-19 vaccine
Laura suffers from immune deficiency disease, immune thrombocytopenic purpura, and after developing blood spots after the vaccine, she was urged to go to the hospital.
In a follow-up message, she thanked the NHS for their ‘great’ work and said she got everything clear after blood work.
She wrote: ‘Thank you for your good wishes! The NHS is truly AMAZING!
‘I got a few blood spots after my second covid shot and just to be safe (because of my ITP) I was advised to go to the hospital. I’ve had blood tests and checkups and I’m completely free!’
Tests: Laura suffers from immune deficiency disease, immune thrombocytopenic purpura, and after developing blood spots after the vaccine, she was urged to go to hospital
All good: In a follow-up message, Laura thanked the NHS for their ‘amazing’ work and said she got everything clear after blood work (pictured last September)
ITP is a blood disorder characterized by a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood and can also lead to easy or excessive bruising.
Laura first spoke about the condition last year after noticing changes in her body following the birth of daughter Tahlia in 2015.
At the time, Laura, who had also been on a ‘rather strict diet’, discovered excessive bruising on her legs and was encouraged by her mother-in-law to see a doctor, who was later diagnosed with ITP.
In April, she discussed her fight against the rare autoimmune disease with The sun, and the presenter admitted she was “quite fortunate” and capable of “managing” the condition.
Symptom: ITP is a blood disorder characterized by a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood and can also lead to easy or excessive bruising (pictured in September)
What is Thrombocytopenia? (ITP)
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a blood disorder characterized by a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood.
Platelets are cells in the blood that help stop bleeding. A decrease in platelet counts can easily cause bruising, bleeding gums, and internal bleeding.
This disease is caused by an immune response against your own platelets. It is also called autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura.
There are two forms of ITP:
Acute thrombocytopenic purpura:
This usually affects young children between the ages of 2 and 6. The symptoms may follow a viral illness, such as chickenpox. Acute ITP usually starts suddenly and symptoms usually disappear in less than 6 months, often within a few weeks. Treatment is often not necessary. The condition usually does not come back. Acute ITP is the most common form of the condition.
Chronic Thrombocytopenic Purpura:
The onset of the condition can occur at any age and symptoms can last for a minimum of 6 months, several years or a lifetime. Adults have this form more often than children, but it does occur in adolescents. Females have it more often than males. Chronic ITP can often recur and requires ongoing follow-up care from a blood specialist (hematologist).
- Medications (including over-the-counter medications) can cause an allergy that cross-reacts with platelets.
- Infections, usually viral infections, including the viruses that cause chickenpox, hepatitis C, and AIDS, can create antibodies that cross-react with platelets.
- Immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
- Low-grade lymphomas and leukemias can produce abnormal antibodies to platelet proteins.
- Sometimes the cause of immune thrombocytopenic purpura is unknown.
- The purple color of the skin after blood has “leaked” under it. Individuals with ITP may have major bruises with no known injuries. Exercise alone can cause bruising on the joints of elbows and knees.
- Small red dots under the skin that are the result of very minor bleeding.
- Bleeding in the mouth and/or in and around the gums
- heavy menstruation
- 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 very lucky. It’s alright.’
The presenter also revealed that she was able to offer support to other people diagnosed with ITP after receiving her Covid vaccine.
Laura added: “I had quite a few people approach me and say, ‘How were you after you got the shot? Did you have any bruising and stuff?” Not really after I got the shot, but I did feel like I’d been punched in the arm for a week.’
The presenter also candidly recalled when she was diagnosed with ITP, saying she weighed just 7st4lbs at the time due to a ‘strict diet’ where people claimed the condition was caused by her weight loss.
Laura said she ‘gradually’ realized she needed to be a ‘good role model’, so she gained some weight 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 who said, ‘Oh, that’s because you’ve lost a lot of weight’. And gradually I thought, okay, this isn’t good, I need to be a good role model and I’m coming back.”
Laura first spoke about her battle with ITP last year in a candid interview with the Mirror, where she admitted it was “terrifying” to discover excessive bruising.
She told the publication: ‘When Tahlia was about seven months old, I was going to drive to Portugal to film a fitness app, but a few days before I was supposed to go, I started noticing all these bruises on my legs. .
“At first I wondered if maybe the bruising was due to my diet. I was already someone who bruised easily, but it was more than normal.’
Laura revealed that she was encouraged by her mother-in-law to see a doctor and that she believed bruising could be the result of having two young children. At the time, her children, Tahlia, were seven months old, while son Rocco was a toddler.
The presenter was subsequently diagnosed with ITP and they found her platelets were ‘dangerously low’, with doctors explaining she was at potential risk of bleeding and bleeding into the brain.
Laura said that while she was about to start taking steroids, her platelet count improved on its own and she was unable to take any medications.
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 remember “a certain stressful situation” that caused ITP and that she thought it was her body that had to do with her busy lifestyle.