LAUREN Harries has spoken publicly for the first time since her major brain surgery.
The ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ star’s mother, Katy, told fans yesterday her daughter suffered from fainting spells and a saggy face after the emergency procedure.
Hours later, despite the challenges she faced, Lauren seemed optimistic about her return to social media.
She wrote on Instagram: “Hello my stars. Well I’m still in the hospital. Almost dying changes you and makes you appreciate every moment. So enjoy the sunshine and know that I love you. Light, Love and Peace.”
The reality TV star underwent emergency surgery last month after being hospitalized with a mysterious illness.
Katy has kept Lauren’s fans updated on her condition by posting on Lauren’s Twitter account.
A desperate post yesterday caused concern among fans. She wrote: “Please help: Lauren has had several episodes of fainting which has left the right side of her face drooping.
“This is incredibly scary for Lauren and us. Also, she has constant headaches.”
“Doctors couldn’t explain what’s causing these.
“Have you or anyone you know gone through this? Any idea or help you could give would be very helpful.”
She added: “The NHS saved Lauren but they can’t find the answers to that and it’s so scary when it happens.”
“It happened again yesterday. Please help find out what is causing this!”
Since ending up in intensive care, Lauren has had a difficult recovery.
She fell ill with Covid and two infections, causing her to suffer from breathing problems.
Katy has shared pictures of Lauren with her fans and urged them to “pray” for her.
The reality star faced her “worst nightmare” when she had her head shaved for surgery.
Her friends and fans flooded the comments section in support, calling her a “fighter” and wishing she “get better soon.”
The 45-year-old is best known for his appearances as a child on TV shows such as Wogan and After Dark.
The reality veteran was a regular on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side for three years before stepping inside for Celebrity Big Brother herself in 2013.
Her last TV appearance was on the Channel 4 show Naked Attraction in 2019.
Born in Surrey in 1978, the star is the youngest of three children.
Lauren began acting on television on Terry Wogan’s British talk show Wogan in 1988 when she was just 10 years old.
Growing up, Lauren thought she was gay, but in her early 20s she identified as transgender.
She began cross-dressing in 1997 and underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2001 at the age of 23.