Actress Georgie Henley has revealed she suffered from a rare flesh-eating infection as a teenager and posted a picture of her scars.
The 27-year-old British actress, who rose to fame as a child playing Lucy Pevensie in The Chronicles Of Narnia film series, said contracting necrotizing fasciitis aged 18 almost left her cost his life.
In a lengthy social media post, Henley said that after years of covering up while working, she finally feels ready to speak up and show that her scars are “nothing to be ashamed of. “.
In a message to her 376,000 followers on Instagram, as well as Twitter, the star said: “When I was eighteen and in my sixth week of college, I contracted necrotizing fasciitis, an infection rare and punitive that nearly cost me my life and wreaked havoc throughout my body.
“In order to avoid the amputation of my left hand and arm, I underwent grueling invasive surgery and then extensive reconstructive surgery which resulted in a series of skin grafts and scarring.
“It took me a long time to heal both physically and mentally, but I was hoping that one day it would be a good time to talk about what happened. Today is a start. .”
Necrotizing fasciitis is also known as “flesh-eating bedbug”, according to the NHS – a rare and life-threatening infection that can occur if a wound becomes infected. He must be treated urgently in the hospital.
Henley said that while she had been open about her scars in her personal life, in a professional context, working in the entertainment industry, she hid them “entirely…wearing bandages or coverings, makeup on the set and on stage, long sleeves every time I would be photographed, pants to be able to put my hand in a pocket”.
“I am proud to be someone who has visible scars in this industry”
“The industry I’m part of often focuses on a very narrow idea of what is considered aesthetic ‘perfection’, and I worried that my scars would keep me from finding work. The truth is, ‘perfection’ doesn’t exist, but I’ve always lived with the shame of feeling different, heightened by the expectations of starting my career at a young age.
“But my scars are no shame. They are a map of the pain my body has endured, and more importantly a reminder of my survival. They do not affect my acting ability, and I am proud to be a person who has visible scars in this industry.”
Henley, who studied English at Clare College Cambridge and recently appeared on screen in The Spanish Princess series, thanked Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge and friends, family and colleagues for their support over the years.
“I’m sure I’ll talk more about my experiences in the future, but today I’m just happy to feel, for the first time in a very long time, finally free,” she said.
Thousands of Instagram users responded to his post, including The Crown star Emma Corrin, who wrote, “Love you geo.”
Nadia Parkes, Henley’s co-star in The Spanish Princess, said, “So proud of you. You’re amazing. Love you xxxx.”
What is necrotizing fasciitis?
The NHS says necrotizing fasciitis is rare but can be fatal.
Early symptoms may include severe pain or loss of sensation near a cut or sore, swelling of the skin around the affected area, and flu-like symptoms such as high temperature, headache head and fatigue.
Later symptoms may include sickness and diarrhea, confusion, and patches or blisters on the skin.
Treatment may include antibiotics or surgery to remove the affected area.
“Even after successful treatment, there may be long-term changes in how your body looks and how you move or use the affected part of your body. Sometimes amputation of affected limbs is necessary” , says the NHS on its website.