Danniella Westbrook has been rushed back into hospital in ‘extreme pain’ just days after undergoing facial surgery in Turkey.
The former EastEnders actress, 49, went under the knife after her septum collapsed from excessive drug use in 2002 alongside osteoporosis which has weakened her bones.
Taking to her Instagram Stories on Sunday she penned: ‘Only I could land back in Portugal after surgery only to end up in hospital.
‘The pain I’ve experienced is unreal, most frightening few days. Need it like a hole in the head, literally.’
Danniella had a thread lift, liposuction into her cheeks and lips and fat grafting on her chin and jawline etched.
Under the knife: Danniella Westbrook, 49, has been rushed back into hospital in ‘extreme pain’ just days after undergoing facial surgery in Turkey (pictured earlier this week)
Road to reocvery: The former EastEnders actress went under the knife after her septum collapsed from excessive drug use in 2002 alongside osteoporosis which has weakened her bones (pictured in 2022)
In gruesome surgery photos, Danniella appeared bloodied and bruised in her hospital bed and said when she first woke up, she looked ‘like she had done 10 rounds with Tyson Fury’.
The former soap star said she has wanted to have the reconstruction done for the last seven years, but was unable to find a surgeon who would operate because her septum had completely collapse.
She told The Sun: ‘I was very fearful. My mum and my son Kai were on the phone constantly – I wrote up a will before I left and my son is the executor of that.
‘But luckily I’m still here and I’ve come through the other side. Someone is looking over me. I looked like I’d gone 10 rounds with Tyson Fury.
‘But the swelling has actually gone down really quickly. I’m already happy with the results.’
Earlier this week Danniella said she paid for the surgery all herself despite being offered freebies from clinics all over the world, after a health scare last year left her in intensive care because she struggled to breathe through her nose.
In the recovery stage, Danniella had to just stick to ibuprofen and paracetamol, because any pain killer stronger could be a trigger for her past cocaine addiction.
She previously revealed she needed five operations to correct her ‘collapsing’ face due to a previous cocaine addiction and osteoporosis, and was planning to have it done on the NHS.
Scart stuff: Taking to her Instagram Stories on Sunday she penned: ‘Only I could land back in Portugal after surgery only to end up in hospital
Important: Danniella says she paid for the surgery all herself despite being offered freebies from clinics all over the world (left pictured in 2022, right in 1996)
She previously told The Sun: ‘I’ve spent the last seven years trying to get somebody to do it, but they said no in case it failed and they got struck off.
‘Plastic surgeons wanted £500,000 to change my face, so I thought I was never going to get it done. It was only because I went into intensive care before Christmas.
‘I couldn’t breathe because I had a cold. There was a build up of fluid and after I fell asleep I couldn’t wake up properly and ended up in ICU.
‘I was sent over to Aintree Hospital in Liverpool and it’s only because I was put in front of the right doctors, or else I’d still be waiting now to find someone. ‘They’re doing it for me under the NHS now.’
Danniella previously underwent a rib insertion procedure in 2018, after osteoporosis rotted away her cheekbones and gums and, after spending the last year getting lip filler and Botox, in addition to surgery on her face, she is hoping to get back to her best.
In April, Danniella stepped out with a bandage over her nose after another procedure.
Living it up! Ahead of her surgery, Danniella has been soaking up the sunshine on a relaxing break in Portugal
Damage: Danniella previously revealed she needs five operations to correct her ‘collapsing’ face due to a previous cocaine addiction and osteoporosis
The actress’ battle with drugs has been well-publicised, and she famously had her nose reconstructed after her septum collapsed from excessive cocaine use in 2002.
At the height of her use it was reported she would take up to five grams of cocaine a day, blowing close to £250,000 on the drug.
The star has since embarked on multiple rehab stints in order to battle her demons – and revealed she was finally clean in June 2021, after attending a clinic in Mijas, Spain.
Danniella first appeared in EastEnders in 1990 at the age of 16 and acted on the soap for three years.
She returned in 1996 but her time was cut short when her off-screen behaviour got her sacked.
She returned again shortly after, but was axed again in 2000 after further disruptive behaviour, admitting she blew £100k on cocaine at the time.
The part was recast between 2002 and 2005, and played by Kim Medcalf, but Danniella returned to the role once more in 2009 until 2010.
She was back once more in 2016 for the storyline surrounding on-screen mother Peggy Mitchell’s death, which is to date her final appearance.