Renowned actor Jamie Dornan, best known for his role in "Fifty Shades of Grey," found himself in a harrowing situation while on a trip to Portugal. He was rushed to the hospital after experiencing symptoms resembling a heart attack, all triggered by a perilous encounter with toxic caterpillars.
This alarming incident not only raised concerns about the safety of the area but also shed light on the potential dangers these caterpillars pose. Jamie's close friend and fellow traveler, Gordon Smart, shared their frightening ordeal on BBC's "The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected" podcast.
Initially, both men attributed their discomfort to a night of heavy drinking, dismissing the seriousness of their symptoms. Smart vividly recounted the terrifying moment, stating that he felt a "tingling sensation in his left hand and a tickling feeling in his left arm," which led him to believe it might be the onset of a heart attack.
He remarked, "Now, I consider myself a fairly healthy individual, but once the thought of a heart attack crosses your mind, it's hard not to convince yourself that it's happening."
Shared Health Scare
Upon returning to their hotel, Smart was astonished to discover that Jamie Dornan was grappling with similar discomfort.
The actor had also been rushed to the hospital for what turned out to be an alarming reaction to toxic caterpillars. "Jamie mentioned, 'Gordon, approximately 20 minutes after you left, my left arm went numb, followed by my left leg, and then my right leg.
Before I knew it, I was in the back of an ambulance,'" Smart recounted. In an unexpected turn of events, as they were discharged from the hospital, paramedics requested a selfie with the actor, adding a somewhat surreal twist to their ordeal.
This incident shed light on the presence of deadly caterpillars on golf courses in the southern region of Portugal. These toxic caterpillars have been responsible for not only causing distress to tourists but also taking the lives of dogs and even triggering heart attacks in otherwise healthy individuals in their 40s.