HOLLYOAKS star Lucy-Jo Hudson has revealed the cause of her worrying hospital dash after suffering a health emergency.
The soap actress's fans were very concerned for her well-being last week after learning that she had two blood transfusions for a mystery illness.
There were then six days of social media silence before Lucy, 40, returned this afternoon to reveal she's been diagnosed with chronic anaemia.
The NHS states that anaemia is a low red blood cell count or haemoglobin and can be caused by a number of factors including a lack of iron in the diet, iron depletion through exercise, chronic disease of blood loss.
Lucy explained: "Sooooo long story short, I was very short of breath last week, having chest pains and it turned out my HB levels were scarily low!!! They should have been between 115-155, and mine were 67….. my iron levels should have been 38-48 but they were 1.5!!!
"I’m still looking into what’s causing all of this! But thanks to the amazing staff at Salford Royal, I was immediately put on the emergency assessment unit and given 2 blood transfusions, my HB levels have gone up to 94 so I can breathe again, and my iron levels (now I’m on medication for that) are slowly going up, so my health is heading in the right direction!!!"
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Lucy told her followers that she was fully mended and thanked them for their kind words of support.
She said: "I can honestly say I feel a million times better now…. I can’t actually believe how poorly I felt last week, and how I’ve managed to function all of this time!?"
The star signed off by stating that it's back to the grind of parenting her two children over half term week.
Lucy-Jo left her role as Donna-Marie Quinn in Hollyoaks last month after five years.
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She previously starred in Coronation Street as Katy Harris as well as Rosie Trevanion in Wild at Heart.
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