Gareth Berliner health latest: Five symptoms of Coronation Street star’s deadly condition
Gareth Berliner first appeared on ITV’s Coronation Street in October 2014. Up until August 2017 he appeared sporadically on the show, before becoming a regular in February this year playing Macca. The actor is no stranger to health problems as he’s openly spoken about having Crohn’s disease – a long-term inflammatory condition that affects the digestive system. But in the early hours of last Friday morning, he shocked fans by revealing he was enduring another health condition – one which is life-threatening, sepsis.
Sharing a picture of himself in a hospital bed to Instagram, he captioned the image: “Well I was brought into hospital by ambulance about 1am owing to some amount of sepsis with terrible Rygors while hooked up and infusing Saline.
“It wasn’t even pumping fast. Vomiting and upset gut and a temp of 39.”
“My levels of neauraphil are below 1, .98 to be precise and 36 hours earlier they had been at 9. 3 is the bottom of that scale and I’m on .98.”
“It means my already weakened immune system is even weaker. so I’ve been put in isolation…in other words I have a room to myself.. I’m happy with that,” he added lightheartedly.
Gareth, who has previously spoken out about having to take nutritional feed into his blood via a tube in his chest, told The Mirror about his condition, saying: “Having sepsis of any kind is part and parcel of living with Total Parenteral Nutrition and just one of those things that happens from time to time.
“I’ve had TPN as a result of short gut syndrome for 19 years.”
While sepsis is a serious complication of an infection, and can lead to multiple organ failure and death, the Corrie star revealed on Friday he was “okay”.
He continued: “I don’t have a temperature any more and am now being infused with some strong antibiotics to fight whatever bug is messing with my immune system.”
Just a couple of hours ago, Gareth posted again on Instagram saying: “Touch wood…I should be free and going home on Monday. Freeeeedom!!!”
Bacterial infections are the most common cause of sepsis, and a few autoimmune diseases can increase your risk of infection.
One of these is Crohn’s disease.
So what are the symptoms of sepsis? The NHS lists fiver early signs to be aware of:
- A high temperature or a low body temperature
- Chills and shivering
- A fast heartbeat
- Problems or changes to your breathing
- Feeling or acting differently from normal – you do not seem your usual self
The health body adds: “In some cases, symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock, when your blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level, develop soon after.”
These symptoms can include:
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- A change in mental state, such as confusion or disorientation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Severe muscle pain
- Severe breathlessness
- Less urine production than normal – for example, not urinating for a day
- Cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin
- Loss of consciousness