‘My body is a walking time bomb’: Bachelor star, 32, reveals how she almost DIED on a girls’ trip to Mexico – after developing a potentially fatal condition that many people assume ‘will just go away’
A former Bachelor star has revealed how she almost died after a girls’ trip to Mexico.
Nina Rolleston told Daily Mail Australia that within a week of returning from her holiday, she was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
The Brisbane-based wedding planner, 32, confirmed that four of the six main veins in her right leg are now blocked with blood clots.
‘My body is a walking time bomb’: The Bachelor’s Nina Rolleston (pictured) has revealed how she almost died after a girls’ trip to Mexico when she was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis
Nina was rushed to hospital in May a week after jetting back to Australia, and doctors soon diagnosed her with the condition.
‘It was a complete surprise as I am fit and healthy and not overweight,’ she said.
She explained that many people have misconceptions about DVT, thinking it just ‘goes away’, but it can actually be very serious.
‘My body is walking, ticking time bomb right now. So I need to have a healthy mind and healthy body,’ Nina said.
‘It was a complete surprise’: Nina was rushed to hospital in May, a week after returning from her holiday, and doctors soon diagnosed her with the condition
Nina can no longer take part in moderate-impact sports due to fears she may dislodge a clot.
A dislodged clot can potentially travel through a person’s bloodstream to their lungs, where it can get stuck and block the flow of blood.
‘I can’t even go for a really big run. So now that is taken away from me,’ she said.
Nina added that the diagnosis has forced her to change her lifestyle in ways she never expected.
Shock: Nina (pictured) was admitted to hospital with DVT following a girls’ trip to Mexico
‘I can’t wear high heels, I can’t drink. I can’t do anything where there is any risk of head knocks,’ she said. ‘If I knock my head I can get internal brain bleeding.’
Due to the blood thinners she is taking, Nina can no longer shave her legs because a razor cut would leave her bleeding for hours.
The next step for Nina will be to get an ultrasound next month, which will tell her if the clots have changed, moved or dissolved.
Restricted: ‘I can’t wear high heels, I can’t drink. I can’t do anything where there is any risk of head knocks – if I knock my head I can get internal brain bleeding,’ Nina said
‘At this stage, doctors think it will be six to nine months [before the condition clears up] because of the severity of the clots,’ she said.
‘Once I’m off the medication, I then have to go through genetic testing.’
Nina, who was a contestant on The Bachelor in 2015 and later appeared on Bachelor in Paradise last year, suspects that taking the pill caused the clotting issue.
Rise to fame: Nina was partnered with Eden Schwencke, but the pair didn’t work out after a number of trials and tribulations on the reality show