Louise Thompson was forced to rush home from Antigua after ‘losing cupfuls of blood every 20 minutes,’ she revealed on Monday.
The former Made In Chelsea star, 33, was admitted to hospital in London late last month following a series of health issues since giving birth to her son Leo, two.
In a shocking heath update, Louise broke her silence as she shed some light on the terrifying situation, adding that she is ‘alive and in good care.’
Sharing a photo from her hospital bed, she explained: ‘Bit of an unexpected turn of events, but gotta bridge the gap somewhere, so let’s start with some good news – I’m home after two and a bit weeks spent in hospital AND I’m feeling v grateful for home and for life.
‘A quick blast recap as my brain is too tangled for full sentences, but hoping this might save some time in the long run…’
Louise Thompson, 33, was forced to rush home from Antigua after ‘losing cupfuls of blood every 20 minutes,’ she revealed on Monday
In the lengthy post she continued: ‘Flew to the other side of the world (Antigua). Survived. Just . Plastered myself in makeup . Rode the wave of steroid highs – if you know, you know… these are potent drugs.
‘Used up every iota of energy I could pretending I was going to be ok . But deep down inside I knew I was really sick I wanted the best for Leo and my family and memories
‘Holiday had been in the pipeline for yonks 2024 was ma YEAR… Had many exciting campaigns lined up and the announcement of one of the biggest and most transformative healing (and career) moments of my life: the announcement of my book, and other positive things to cling onto mentally.
‘I also thought that having clawed out of the mental health hell hole i’d been through that nothing could bring me down. Nothing would compare to that… right?
‘Mental is worse than physical. No physical worse surely. Both are agony and can leave you powerless. Difficult to have one without the other. They’re intrinsically linked.
‘Anyway, I thought I could handle anything. How shortsighted . My resilience had skyrocketed . And i’d become de-sensitised
‘Most people would be in A&E day 1 with my symptoms, I have no qualms in saying that because I know what my symptoms were and they were not ok, I’ll spare you some of the grittier details, but I became a little ‘too used’ to my chronic condition .
‘Whilst away I fell asleep lots randomly in the car and in the middle of the day and on the beach. Couldn’t really walk or pick up Leo . Poor Ryan had to compensate
‘Was disorientated a lot. Pushed through. Thought my body would hold up. Revelled in bed when Leo would sleep at 7pm . Survived to make it through to see another day. That’s what it felt like anyway
‘But the fear kept escalating when I was going to the loo every 20 minutes losing cup fulls of blood.
‘My body was ‘surviving’, ‘masking’ and ‘compensating’ but probably only because I’m young and I’ve got a good ticker. Bit of a miracle really
‘Raised alarm bells to my family. Especially given other things I’d been through.
‘I couldn’t cope anymore. Nothing was getting better on its own. Way beyond the point of self healing, wellness, eating right bla bla bla .
‘Too much inflammation. Things felt a bit dangerous I couldn’t risk deteriorating further in a foreign country with a lack of adequate health care and without my notes. I panicked. So we booked an early flight back to UK
‘Made it… struggled on the way back but a small price to pay for making it home Went straight to A&E. Bloods taken. Admitted. Things got worse quite quickly. Thank goodness for safety. Thanks goodness for the NHS
‘Fast forward… I am alive and in good care. I have experienced some of the best care I have ever received, especially in ITU. I have cried over how compassionate and good the care has been. I will have quite some thanking to do. Lots of letters. Lots of things I can hopefully help with in the future. I’m nowhere near that place yet though. Let’s walk first. ’
The update comes after Louise’s fiancé Ryan Libbey has confirmed she is returning home after spending over two weeks in hospital.
Ryan, also 33, previously revealed he had ‘no idea’ when she would be well enough to be discharged.
But taking to Instagram on Friday he shared a snap of the couple’s immaculate kitchen writing: ‘Louise is coming home.’
It comes just days after fans have flooded the MIC’s stars last Instagram post with concerned comments following her hospitalisation.
The update comes after Louise’s fiancé Ryan Libbey has confirmed she is returning home after spending over two weeks in hospital
The former Made In Chelsea star was admitted late last month following a series of health issues since giving birth to her son Leo, two
After previously revealing he was unsure when she would be discharged Ryan took to Instagram on Friday he shared a snap of the couple’s immaculate kitchen writing: ‘Louise is coming home’
Before Louise’s latest health scare, she was posting photos from her family trip with Ryan, Leo and her father to Antigua And Barbuda.
Her last post from January 28 featured a carousel of snaps of herself with little Leo, alongside which she wrote an emotive caption about ‘learning to lean into and be grateful for those imperfect in-between moments because nothing lasts forever.’
Fans have now been commented on the poignant post, offering Louise ‘healing thoughts’.
‘Sending you and your beautiful family warmth and strength, hope you feel better soon dear Louise,’ wrote one concerned follower.
‘What you are going through is tough, Louise, no doubt about that… However, you are Tougher young lady, just look at how far you have come and written a book. What an inspiration you are . Stay Strong, you’ve got this,’ another commented.
‘I saw Ryan’s story. I truly hope you’re doing ok and are well. Look after yourselves,’ added another.
One fan wrote that they were ‘missing your presence! Sending healing vibes!’
Taking to Instagram on Monday evening, Ryan said he had taken Leo to visit Louise for the first time since she was admitted.
It comes just days after fans have flooded the MIC’s stars last Instagram post with concerned comments following her hospitalisation
Before Louise’s latest health scare, she was posting photos from her family trip with Ryan, Leo and her father to Antigua And Barbuda
Fans have now been commented on the poignant post, offering Louise ‘healing thoughts’
The personal trainer, who has not disclosed why Louise is in hospital, wrote on Instagram: ‘We just got back from visiting mummy in hospital.
‘That was the first time Leo has seen her for 13 days. It was a difficult, emotional, confusing experience for him but fortunately after a few minutes Leo was cuddling up in bed with mummy singing twinkle, twinkle little star.
‘The video I took is probably the most precious thing I now own. Louise is recovering well.
‘Thank you all again so much for the messages of support’.
Louise has been open about complications with her health after she nearly died during her son’s birth.
The reality star spent five weeks in hospital suffering with ‘serious complications’ in 2021.
She has contended with a myriad of physical issues since the traumatic birth alongside Ulcerative Colitis, which she was diagnosed with before falling pregnant.
Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic bowel condition where the colon and rectum become inflamed and small ulcers can develop on the colon’s lining, which can bleed.
Taking to Instagram on Monday evening, Ryan, 33, said he had taken Leo, two, to visit Louise for the first time since she was admitted
The personal trainer, who has not disclosed why Louise is in hospital, wrote on Instagram: ‘We just got back from visiting mummy in hospital’
Ryan announced on Sunday that his partner was in hospital, writing in an Instagram story: ‘We don’t know when she will be ready to come home yet’
Louise has also battled post-traumatic stress disorder and post-natal anxiety, admitting during one week in January 2022 that she cried up to 20 times.
Ryan wrote on Sunday: ‘Louise has been in hospital for 12 days now. We don’t know when she will be ready to come home yet.
‘But thank you to everyone who has sent messages of love and support to our family. It does help.’
Ryan also shared a selfie of himself and the couple’s son Leo, alongside the caption: ‘We’re missing mummy everyday.’
In December, Louise shared how she felt ‘slightly lost’ during the Christmas break after making herself ‘silly levels of busy’ in a bid to manage her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder.
And taking to Instagram to share a lengthy post, Louise admitted that in a bid to occupy herself she’s become ‘so tired she could keel over on the kitchen floor,’ and has struggled to slow down during the festive break.
The TV personality added that in 2024 she is focused on ‘getting well’ and ‘pausing’ is a ‘project she needs to sink her teeth into.’
Louise has been open about complications with her health after she nearly died during her son’s birth
Louise also reflected on a challenging period she endured last New Year’s Eve, when she had a ‘horrendous re-living state of total delirium,’ remembering the previous year, which she’d spent in A&E.
The couple welcomed Leo in November 2021 and they later revealed both Louise and their son nearly died during labour.
They did not announce the arrival of their child for five weeks after serious complications during the birth.
On December 23, 2021, Louise announced the birth of her son on her Instagram page and revealed she had been discharged from hospital to recover at home.
She said: ‘5 weeks ago I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy Leo-Hunter Libbey weighing in at 7lbs. Unfortunately it wasn’t the easiest start for either of us. One ended up in NICU and the other ended up in ICU.
Louise said that Leo recovered quickly, but she had to deal with ‘many bad things’, saying: ‘To dance with death twice brings a whole new view of the world.’
In December, two years after Leo’s birth, she reflected on the time since the traumatic series of events.
The reality star spent five weeks in hospital suffering with ‘serious complications’ in 2021 . She has contended with a myriad of physical issues since the traumatic birth alongside Ulcerative Colitis, which she was diagnosed with before falling pregnant
She said: ‘Here’s a reminder that a lot can change in a year. A lot can change in 6 months. Indeed a lot can change in a month but it’s hard to witness the change until you create some sizeable distance from it.
‘I’m crying writing this. I’m feeling very emotional today. I can’t lie it feels nice to purge my pain. I encourage you to try writing and crying too.
‘Sometimes it helps. But the main reason I’m writing this is because I really want you guys to know that you must keep moving forward. Don’t give up. Because there will be a time when you will want to wear a pretty party dress again. You will shine again.’
The reality star announced last month she is releasing a book, Lucky, where she will tell the story of the near-death experience.