STRICTLY Come Dancing professional dancer Amy Down suffered a terrifying health scare and was rushed to hospital after falling ill.
The 31-year-old was forced to pull out of Saturday night’s live show as she spent the night being cared for by doctors after an “unexpected Crohn’s flare up”.
Amy Dowden suffered a Crohn’s flare-up[/caption]
She’s being looked after by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher[/caption]
Her dance partner Tom Fletcher and his wife Giovanna, as well as former star Sara Davies rushed to her rescue while her husband Ben Jones was working away from home.
Sharing snaps from her hospital bed, Amy told fans: “Thanks for the all messages over the weekend.
“Unfortunately, I was missing from the show as I had an unexpected Crohn’s flare up and hospital admission in which I received unbelievable care.
“I’m recovering very well and certainly being well looked after and look forward to returning to the dance floor.
“Big thanks to lovely @saradaviescc and @tomfletcher for taking care of me (of all the days to be poorly, Ben was in Blackpool with the dance school).
“To the Fletchers who made sure I had everything and more at the hospital, have brought me back to theirs where the whole family are giving me all the love, care, burnt toast (Tom), unlimited supply of @mrsgifletcher clothes along with @tomfletcher sock choice you could possibly need, lots of drawings and pretend injections from my new doctors Buzz, Buddy and Max.
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“Thank you, they really were sent to me.”
Last year Amy revealed how hard she’s had to fight the potentially deadly disease to achieve her dream of dancing with crippling Crohn’s.
The condition causes severe inflammation and ulcers in the digestive system and has landed her in hospital more than 100 times.
Amy, 31, said: “Strictly has been more than a dance show to me, it got me through the darkest times of my illness. For me it was a big inspiration to keep me dancing.
“Dancing has pulled me through my Crohn’s but it’s a battle. I live in fear that what I love the most could be taken away.
“And I’ve been more ill this year than I have been in a long time.”
The professional dancer let cameras follow her journey in hospital for a documentary[/caption]
She let the cameras in to show the harsh reality of battling a disease such as Crohn’s[/caption]
Amy says she’s been in hospital more than 100 times because of the disease[/caption]