Love Island’s Marcel Somerville ‘an hour away from death’ during diabetic attack10/06/2020
Love Island star Marcel Somerville has told how he nearly died from a diabetic attack before he was rushed to hospital.
Marcel, 34, suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis in June last year, a serious complication of diabetes, which causes high blood sugar and acidic blood.
He revealed after slipping in and out of consciousness and suffered vomiting, he was taken to hospital where doctors told him he was an hour away from death.
His health scare came just days after he and his fiancée Rebecca Vieira, 24, found out they were expecting their first child.
He told Mirror Online: "It went from hearing the best news, to being on death's door, it was crazy.
"So the first day I was taken in everything was a blur, it was like a scene from, you know those films where you're looking up and you can see the light and doctors rushing around, it was literally like that on the first day."
Before Marcel was rushed to hospital he experienced typical diabetes symptoms like losing weight, going to the toilet more often and feeling tired.
Marcel didn't initially realise he had diabetes symptoms and called the doctor to arranged to have a blood test, but was then taken to hospital after his heath suddenly declined.
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Marcel said: "I got rushed into hospital because I was vomiting and going in and out of consciousness.
"The paramedics came and was like 'he's got diabetes, you need to get him to the hospital asap' because if it was like an hour or two later, I could have potentially been in a coma or died so it was literally proper intense."
Marcel, who starred in Love Island in 2017 spent three days in the high dependency unit and then another four on a ward.
Doctors told him his had to make some radical changes to his lifestyle before he was discharged.
He now has to inject himself with insulin four times a day and test his blood sugar whenever he eats.
Marcel also uses apps like Quin, which gives personalised recommendations on how much insulin a user should take and when, and follows a healthy diet.
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He explained: "So the app shows you how the insulin works and when you need to take another dose when its running out, or how much you should be taking with this food or that food.
"So now we're in October now, which is crazy as I've had it for like four months and I feel so much more in control of it.
"I had to have a check up with the nurse who is looking after my diabetes and she basically said from me coming out and from where those numbers are now, it's semi-like, I've been looking after my blood so much. It is kind of where it needs to be for a normal person."
Marcel and Rebecca are expecting their baby boy in January.
He believes staying healthy is important as he becomes a dad.
Marcel said: "So, the responsibility of being a dad and being a parent, this has just made me realise what the important things are and making sure you're there and you're healthy because I want to be able to run around with my kid and making sure I am taking the best care of myself so I can take the best care of him."
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