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Gemma Oaten says body 'can be a miracle worker' after hospital visit

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Gemma Oaten shared the message on social media © Instagram Gemma Oaten shared the message on social media

Gemma Oaten shared a heartfelt video with her fans as she opened up about her struggles with edema, milk alkali syndrome and Covid.

The Hull-born actress was admitted to hospital with Covid-19 last month and learned that she had developed milk alkali syndrome - a rare condition that can lead to kidney failure. Gemma remained in hospital for a number of days and became very ill, before eventually being discharged.

Gemma, who is best-known for her roles in Emmerdale and Coronation Street, is also the manager of Seed, an eating disorder support service. She explained in the video that her recent hospital trip had brought back a lot of memories of the times when she was suffering with an eating disorder.

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"I wanted to do a little video about my recent experience in hospital, and mainly the changes I faced in my body with edema," Gemma wrote on Instagram. "Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body's tissues.

"I was severely de-hydrated, malnourished and weak due to the milk alkali syndrome combined with Covid, and had to be pumped through with 18 litres of water/saline and also had to be put on a drip to restore my potassium levels.

"It was vital the hospital helped get my kidneys working again and by doing so my body felt like it blew up overnight. This brought back a lot of memories of facing this when I had an eating disorder."

Gemma, who recently appeared alongside pop star Calum Scott as guest presenters for Viking FM, added: "I wanted to share how I dealt with this now I am not in the grips of an eating disorder, in the hope that my experience will help anyone who is on their journey to recovery. The body can be a miracle worker and will fight for you, remember these changes are temporary and will pass.

"Know you are not alone. we at @SeedSupportUK are here if you need us. You matter."

You can watch the video in full on Gemma's Instagram channel.

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