Olivia Attwood left the I’m A Celeb jungle as she was ‘dangerously anaemic’ – signs

Following a routine blood test that all I’m A Celeb contestants undergo, staff of the ITV programme were alarmed about Attwood’s low sodium and potassium levels. Whisking the 31-year-old to A&E, Attwood recalled: “I was so scared, I was like, ‘What the hell is wrong with me?’ “They couldn’t give me an answer, they just told me that they had to get me to the hospital immediately.”

In the interview with Mail On Sunday, the reality TV star revealed: “I had those bloods done in England before I left, and they were fine. I was confused and of course very, very worried.”

At the hospital, Attwood said that her blood tests came back normal, but the medical team working for the ITV programme were not willing to take a risk.

Attwood added: “If I went back into camp, they feared my levels might drop and it could be detrimental to my health and wellbeing.

“They were not willing to authorise my return and therefore I wasn’t insured.”

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) explained anaemia is when “the number of red blood cells” is “lower than normal”.

Too few red blood cells results in less oxygen being transported around the body.

Consequently, expect to suffer from fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

There can a number of reasons for anaemia to develop, including deficiencies in folate, vitamin B12, and vitamin A.


Anaemia can be identified via a blood test, the NHS confirmed, which is “important” in order to prevent long-lasting damage.

“All types of anaemia, regardless of the cause, can lead to heart and lung complications,” the health body cautioned.

One example of a heart complication that severe anaemia can lead to is heart failure.

“Heart failure means that the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly,” the NHS explained.

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Symptoms of heart failure can include:

  • Breathlessness after activity or at rest
  • Feeling tired most of the time and finding exercise exhausting
  • Feeling lightheaded or fainting
  • Swollen ankles and legs.

“Treatment for heart failure usually aims to control the symptoms for as long as possible and slow down the progression of the condition,” the NHS added.

Depending on what has caused the anaemia in the first place, complications of long-term anaemia can differ.

A lack of vitamin B12, for example (which leads to anaemia), can lead to neurological problems.

Neurological problems can affect the nervous system, which can lead to:

  • Vision problems
  • Memory loss
  • Pins and needles
  • Loss of physical co-ordination, which can lead to difficulty speaking or walking
  • Damage to the nervous system, particularly in the legs.

“If neurological problems do develop, they may be irreversible,” the NHS added.

A folate deficiency, for example, can increase the risk of infertility, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

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