LOUISE Thompson has shared a shocking snap of her in a wheelchair after nearly dying giving birth.
The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, thanked the NHS for saving her life when she "danced with death" TWICE this year.
She spent a month in intensive care when she suffered complications giving birth to her 7lb-heavy son Leo-Hunter Libbey.
Louise got out of hospital just in time for Christmas – but Covid disrupted her plans to celebrate with family.
She told fans: "We all did Covid tests ahead of Christmas Day because a few of our family members are particularly vulnerable (myself included) and it turns out that two people were positive so our plans have been scuppered.
"It certainly wasn’t the Christmas that we had planned, but then again neither were the last three and I’m still feeling overwhelmingly blessed to be at home and in my little bubble.
"My experience has got me thinking a lot about this time of the year, especially thinking about all those people that work on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve etc.
"Those are days that most people spend celebrating at home with friends/family/loved ones, but others make a sacrifice for the greater good. It is a necessary sacrifice, but not everyone could do it. A 12 hour shift all through the day or night is admirable on a regular day, let alone on Christmas Day or tonight.
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"I guess I think about it a lot more now because I know and care about a bunch of the ladies who have committed to working today but also because one of my ongoing fears is ending up in the back of an ambulance on an evening where they might be short staffed. Honestly where would we be without the NHS? I know where I would be."
Telling her followers about how she was helped by the NHS after her traumatic birth, Louise continued: "I had actually planned to go into the hospital this morning to give out some cards and a few small gifts to the amazing ladies who looked after me when I was in there (i became pretty close to a few of them) and I know exactly where they will all be, but I messaged ahead to ask and sadly I’ve been told it’s not safe for me to go in right now 😞…
"I will find a way to say thank you soon. (This photo was taken by one of the girls who kindly wheeled me up to the sky garden when I was able to move for the first time in ages – i cried buckets).
"For now I want to say a big thank you to anyone who happens to be reading this who works for our NHS.
"I want to thank the room full of people who worked through the night to save my life. Many of them were called in from their family homes at an unearthly hour.
"I met a lot of people with A LOT of different roles and every single person is a crucial part in the cog.
"To the midwives, nurses, registrars, doctors, consultants, housekeepers, cleaners, cooks, support workers, and not to forget the porters who have to move bodies behind the scenes.
"I even want to thank the students who’s ears I chewed off, for choosing such a long (and necessary) journey of education (how on earth do they know what they want to do so young – impressive).
"Wishing you the best. Lots of love, L x."
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