‘Emily in Paris’ star Ashley Park was hospitalized in critical condition over the holidays after developing septic shock that started from tonsillitis. The actress has shared updates on her recovery while urging the importance of listening to your body.
Actress Rushed to ICU After Organs Started Shutting Down
Park revealed in an Instagram post on January 19th that she had gone into septic shock during a vacation in Thailand for the New Year, saying her organs started shutting down after tonsillitis spiraled out of control.
The 32-year-old was hospitalized in the ICU and put on medications to support her organs and stay alive. Park called it the “most excruciating” week of her life as doctors worked to diagnose and treat the infection that overtook her body.
“I’m still processing the events that happened over the holidays. And will share more about it when I’m ready. But for now, I understand how fragile life is and how important it is to live life to the fullest,” Park wrote.
Park stars as Mindy Chen on the hit Netflix series ‘Emily in Paris’ alongside Lily Collins. Production is currently underway for Season 4.
Her co-stars flooded her comments with love and support after hearing about the scary ordeal.
What is Septic Shock?
Septic shock is a dangerous complication that can result from uncontrolled infection in the blood, according to Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
When the immune system kicks into overdrive fighting an infection that has spread to the bloodstream, widespread inflammation can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure leading to damage in vital organs like the heart, kidneys, lungs and liver.
Park said multiple organs were affected in her case. Without swift treatment, the condition can lead to multiple organ failure and potential death.
“It’s incredibly scary because there’s nothing scarier than feeling like you have no control over your own body,” Dr. Glatter tells ET. “Essentially every system can shut down and if not treated aggressively, septic shock has a mortality approaching 40-50%.”
|Complications from Septic Shock
|Low blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms
|Acute respiratory distress syndrome
|Kidney damage or failure
|Liver damage or failure
The key is early recognition. According to Glatter, symptoms generally start with fever and feeling awful, progressing over hours to days with nausea, vomiting or diarrhea along with severe muscle aches.
As blood pressure drops severely, small blood clots can form, blocking vessels in the fingers and toes leading them to turn blue and lose sensation–early signs that urgent treatment is needed.
Road to Recovery with Support from Friends & Family
Park thanked her friends, family and medical staff who helped her recover. She also gave a special shoutout to Emily in Paris co-star Lucien Laviscount for helping take care of her.
The actress confirmed that she is dating Laviscount, who plays Alfie on the show, referring to him as her “angel boyfriend.” He was by her side throughout the terrifying ordeal.
Park is expected to make a full recovery but said she is still processing the trauma of it all. She urged others to take care of their health and not ignore signs from their bodies.
“Our bodies are temples. You know yourself better than anyone else. If something feels off, or different to you, call your doctor/go to urgent care—INSIST on getting tests if you feel you need them,” she wrote.
As Park focuses on regaining her full strength in the coming weeks, production continues on Season 4 of ‘Emily in Paris’ which creator Darren Star promised will be filled with more drama, romance and fashion escapades.
What’s Next for ‘Emily in Paris’ Season 4?
Lily Collins, who plays Emily Cooper on the show, shared photos from set hinting that filming has moved to Italy. The upcoming season is likely to feature Emily and her friends on adventures around Rome.
While story details are sparse, the central mystery will be which suitor Emily chooses between her current boyfriend Alfie or her first Parisian fling Gabriel.
Season 3 ended on a cliffhanger with Emily weighing her options after Gabriel revealed he may not be able to move forward with plans to leave Paris like he initially said.
The new season could also deal with Mindy’s next career steps now that she has quit her job as a nanny to Benoit’s kids.
Park promised she’ll be back “In full Mindy mode” when she returns to filming after regaining her health.
Fans anxiously awaiting the new season have flooded social media with theories about what’s to come for Emily and questions around a potential Season 5 renewal. But for now, Season 4 is slated to release later this year.
- ‘Emily in Paris’ star Ashley Park revealed she was hospitalized in ICU over the holidays with septic shock
- The condition started from tonsillitis that spiraled out of control and led to multiple organ failure
- Park said her organs were shutting down and it was the scariest week of her life
- Septic shock has a mortality rate up to 50% if not treated urgently
- Park thanked her friends, family and boyfriend Lucien Laviscount for helping her recover
- She is still processing the trauma but urged others to listen to warning signs from their bodies
- Production continues on ‘Emily in Paris’ Season 4 which is expected later this year
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