Danniella Westbrook, 47, ‘facing surgery after intensive care stay as doctors fear for her brain due to nasty sinus infection’
Danniella Westbrook may need surgery after a nasty sinus infection left doctors fearing for her brain.
The former EastEnders star, 47, was taken to hospital on Thursday when she took to Instagram to share an image of ambulances outside a hospital in Liverpool.
Following a stay in intensive care, the actress has now reportedly been referred to a palliative specialist who will look into her options to stop her falling so ill again, including surgery.
Shock illness: Danniella Westbrook, 47, may need surgery after a nasty sinus infection left doctors fearing for her brain
A source told the Daily Star Online: ‘She is out of ICU now. She is being seen by a cancer palliative specialist over the next few days to discuss options and surgery to stop this from happening again.
‘We hope she can be well soon and out of hospital very soon as it’s her birthday next week. She’s a fighter, that’s for sure.’
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Danniella for comment.
Traumatic: The former EastEnders star was taken to hospital on Thursday when she took to Instagram to share an image of ambulances outside a hospital in Liverpool
The true extent of Danniella’s illness emerged on Saturday, with doctors fearing the infection could ‘track back to her brain’.
A source told The Sun: ‘Danniella is really poorly. She ended up in ICU after antibiotics for a sinus infection didn’t work.
‘Experts were concerned infected mucus could track back to her brain, but she is being well cared for in hospital and is on the mend.’
Her hospitalisation comes after she vowed to turn her life around following years of drug abuse and relapsing onto ‘cocaine and champagne’ earlier this year.
The actress’ battle with drugs has been well-publicised, and she famously had her nose reconstructed after her septum collapsed from excessive cocaine use in 2002.
New look: The star has since embarked on multiple rehab stints in order to battle her demons – and revealed she was finally clean in June last year, after attending a clinic in Mijas, Spain
At the height of her use it was reported she would take up to five grams of cocaine a day, blowing close to £250,000 on the drug.
The star has since embarked on multiple rehab stints in order to battle her demons – and revealed she was finally clean in June last year, after attending a clinic in Mijas, Spain.
Danniella first appeared in EastEnders in 1990 at the age of 16 and acted on the soap for three years.
She returned in 1996 but her time was cut short when her off-screen behaviour got her sacked.
She returned again shortly after, but was axed again in 2000 after further disruptive behaviour, admitting she blew £100k on cocaine at the time.
The part was recast between 2002 and 2005, and played by Kim Medcalf, but Danniella returned to the role once more in 2009 until 2010.
She was back once more in 2016 for the storyline surrounding on-screen mother Peggy Mitchell’s death, which is to date her final appearance.
Actress: Danniella first appeared in EastEnders in 1990 at the age of 16 and has had several stints on the soap over the years (pictured 2009)