‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Actor Hospitalized After Encountering Toxic Caterpillar

Lisbon, Portugal – “Fifty Shades of Grey” actor Jamie Dornan recently had a health scare while on a trip to Portugal when he experienced symptoms of a heart attack, which were later determined to be caused by toxic caterpillars. Dornan’s friend, Gordon Smart, shared the incident on BBC’s “The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected” podcast, revealing that both he and Dornan had encountered processionary caterpillars that are known to be toxic. These caterpillars have tiny hairs containing an irritating protein that can cause painful skin, eye, and throat irritations.

During their vacation, Smart initially felt a tingling sensation in his left hand and arm, which led him to believe he was having a heart attack. He sought medical attention and was later discharged from the hospital. Upon returning to their hotel, Smart discovered Dornan hooked up to medical equipment. Dornan recounted how his left arm and leg went numb, resulting in him being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Despite the frightening experience, Dornan mentioned that the paramedics even asked for a selfie before he left the hospital.

The following week, a doctor informed Smart that their symptoms might have been caused by toxic caterpillars, which have been known to harm dogs and cause heart attacks in men in their 40s. It turns out that the pair had unknowingly come into contact with hairy processionary caterpillars, and they consider themselves fortunate to have made it out alive.

The encounter with these toxic caterpillars serves as a reminder to be cautious while exploring nature, especially in regions where these creatures reside. The story highlights the importance of understanding potential risks and taking necessary precautions. As for Dornan and Smart, they are grateful that their health scare turned out to be caused by a poisonous caterpillar rather than more serious underlying health issues.

This incident serves as a cautionary tale and emphasizes the need for awareness and education regarding potential dangers in the natural environment.