LOVE Island's Laura Crane is "incredibly lucky" to be alive after spending a week in hospital battling sepsis.
The pro surfer has been told not to leave medics' care until they are dead.
She now fears the illness wants to affect her sporting career, which has been surfing the world since she was 11 years old.
The Sun online: The Sun Online: "It's not like you're in hospital."
It's a case of testing every day.
"It's incredibly lucky, it's very hard for an athlete to be out of training for this amount of time too."
The 23-year-old has been sharing videos with her followers as she tries to recover in hospital.
Her family say it has been a "scary time" as Laura bravely fought the deadly infection.
She was first admitted on Sunday.
She told her fans: "Thanks for all the love .. quiet here."
The star also said: "Hard times will always reveal true friends" and then added "facts".
Laura rose to fame on Love Island this summer when she partnered with Jack Fowler.
The couple split less than two months leaving the dating show due to "busy schedules".
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She said at the time, "Sadly Jack and I have both opted for our separate ways due to being busy schedules right now and not having the time to spend together.
"Feel truly blessed to share my love island experience with him.
"We want to carry on each other on this journey and I can not wait to see where it takes us."
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE SEPSIS?
Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of infection that can lead to multiple organ failure and death.
Also known as blood poisoning, it occurs when large amounts of bacteria enter the bloodstream.
Bacterial meningitis can lead to septicemia.
Thus, sepsis may be caused by viral or fungal infections, although these are by far the most common cause.
If any of these symptoms develop, you should seek medical advice straightaway.
Symptoms in older children and adults
- a high temperature
- chills and shivering
- almost heartbeat
- almost breathing
- feeling dizzy or faint
- confusion and disorientation
- nausea and vomiting
- slurred speech
- severe muscle pain
- not urinating for a day
- cold, clammy and pale skin
- loss of consciousness
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