Actor Kate Beckinsale has shared photos of herself from a hospital bed after being rushed in for treatment to a ruptured ovarian cyst.
The incident happened just a few nights after Beckinsale gave a speech at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraiser, at the LA Art Show in the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Taking to Instagram, she wrote:
Turns out a ruptured ovarian cyst really hurts and morphine makes me cry. So thankful to everyone who looked after me #wobbly
Beckinsale confirmed her hospitalisation to her friend Peter Savis, the Mirror reports, which happened on Saturday, January 26.
She was discharged later that day and, when one fan accused her of not feeling too ill to take a selfie from hospital, she responded: ‘It’s actually not a selfie. My mum took it.’
According to the Mayo Clinic:
Many women have ovarian cysts at some time. Most ovarian cysts present little or no discomfort and are harmless. The majority disappears without treatment within a few months.
However, ovarian cysts — especially those that have ruptured — can cause serious symptoms. To protect your health, get regular pelvic exams and know the symptoms that can signal a potentially serious problem.
You should speak to a doctor urgently if you feel sudden and sever abdominal or pelvic pain, or if you experience pain with fever or vomiting.
Speaking to Variety at the fundraiser, she said:
I think you get to a certain point in your life where you know what cancer does to people’s families. It’s just so incredible to me. It’s just a horrible nightmare.
And so the fact that St. Jude takes care of absolutely everything, so literally families have no other worries other than taking care of each other and their kids, I find that so moving and so brilliant.
We wish Kate a speedy recovery.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.