Former Strictly Come Dancing stars James and Ola Jordan have disclosed that their little daughter Ella was taken to A&E with a ‘very high temperature’.
Celebrity Big Brother star James, who participated on Strictly from 2006 to 2013, and Ola, who appeared on the BBC One programme from 2006 to 2015, received an outpouring of sympathy after tweeting photos of their three-year-old in a hospital bed, updating fans on her health concerns.
He wrote: ‘My little warrior!! We are still at Pembury Hospital but she has finally turned a corner after 5 days and long nights of fighting an extremely high temperature.
‘It started Monday but on Wednesday night things got pretty bad and temperature was 40+ so took her to A and E at roughly midnight. Where a doctor gave her a quick look over and said it was a viral infection and told us to continue with Calpol/Ibuprofen and take her home and it would take its course.
‘I did try to say it seems more like a chest infection than a viral infection but I’m not the expert. He also told us that it wasn’t because he had listened to her chest.
‘After getting her home we kept a log of every time we gave her Calpol and then Ibuprofen (2 hours apart) alternating. After 2 more terrible nights of her temperature staying around 39 – 40 and her throwing up several times in her sleep. And even though we felt we were maybe wasting the doctors and nurses time and would look like overprotective parents – we decided to take her back to A and E.’
After returning to the hospital, James stated that they had a “completely different experience.”
He penned: ‘What a totally different experience – we were met by caring and fun nurses who were 100% attentive and by a doctor that was so thorough and taking nothing to chance.
‘Ella clearly looked not well and was sent straight to X Ray – and almost immediately had bloods taken by a totally amazing team of nurses. Who I thank massively .’
Ella was diagnosed with a lung infection and tonsillitis, and she was placed on an IV drip for medication since she was “very ill.”
James concluded: ‘Anyway, the moral of the story is – go with your gut parents. We knew it was something more serious. I’m just angry with myself I didn’t push harder. But to be honest I didn’t want to be a d**k to them.
‘It’s just a shame sometimes you have to because of some people’s incompetence. Then on the flip side, today we experienced the opposite end of the spectrum by sheer brilliance from a wonderful team of people.
‘This post might go down like a lead balloon for me to even dare say anything negative about the NHS. But I will do anything for my baby girl.’
Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid was amongst those sending love, as she wrote: ‘So glad you went back – hope your gorgeous girl gets back to full health very soon.’
Loose Women’s Coleen Nolan added: ‘Ahh thinking of you all.. so scary when it’s your kids. Good on ya for going with your gut. Glad she’s on the mend.’
Strictly star Dianne Buswell wrote ‘Bless her sending love,’ while Peter Andre said: ‘Thinking of you all. Hope she’s back to tip top soon.’
After fans commented their messages of support, James later added: ‘THANK YOU EVERYONE SO MUCH FOR ALL THE LOVE FOR OUR ELLA – we have told her how many of you have sent you wishes.’
James and Ola, who married in October 2003 after two years of dating, had Ella through IVF therapy in February 2020 after earlier discussing their difficulty conceiving naturally.
Ola admitted in an interview with Hello! magazine at the time that becoming pregnant was ‘our biggest achievement ever’.
Source My Celebrity Life.