Love Island's Jack Fowler recalls being "completely paralysed" during secret health battle

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Love Island star Jack Fowler has opened up about a secret health battle that left part of his body "completely paralysed".

The reality star, who took part in the 2018 series of the ITV2 show and recently appeared in spin-off Love Island Games, shared a clip on Instagram from a few years ago, in which he demonstrates his struggles with his left leg.

Writing in the comments, Jack admitted it took him "a couple years to post" as he "wasn’t too sure if it was something [he] wanted you all to know".

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"But I think just reflecting over the last couple months and how far I’ve come gave me some sort of courage to post & to hopefully give motivation to others," he said.

The star explained that he was suffering from the early signs of Transverse Myelitis, elaborating that it is "an extremely rare condition which we think stemmed from [him] having Meningitis a few months before".

"I woke up one morning and couldn’t feel my leg," he recalled. "Around 5 days after this video, I was completely paralysed down my left side with complete numbness down my right side - caused by inflammation across my spinal cord, blocking my central nervous system.

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"With getting worse each couple hours/days and unable to move, life became completely different. I needed help with everything. From cutting my food & eating to getting dressed & undressed."

Jack admitted it was one of the "scariest times" of his life, adding: "With weeks of tests and seeing the best doctors in the country, I still had no diagnoses due to the rarity of it. Which left me in the dark with what was happening to my body and also if I would ever recover.

"Without going into loads and loads of details, I started treatment and made a 100% recovery that same year. It took time and patience to get back to normal but with the love and support of my family & friends, I did it. I was a very lucky case as some people never recover."

Jack went on to explain that doing Love Island Games "was very challenging, games focused with a lot of high intense competing", saying: "A big part of me doing it was to prove to myself that I could do it, even after what I had gone through."

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He also said that learning how to DJ was also helpful as he could keep his mind "focused on something while sat down", as well as using his hands.

"So really this post is more of a motivational one," he concluded. "Everyone has dark times in life & sometimes you don’t see how you’ll get through. But keep going. Keep focused. And don’t quit. And when you do, you’ll look back and realise how far you come."

Jack has since received a host of support in the comments, with Love Island host Maya Jama writing: "And you smashed it! What a journey".

Toby Aromolaran added: "Conquered it bro!", while Eyal Booker called Jack "a true champ".

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