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Jamie Dornan Was Hospitalized Because of Hairy Caterpillars

By Orgesta Tolaj


24 January 2024

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Jamie Dornan, known for his role as Christian Grey in the “Fifty Shades” franchise, encountered a rather unusual health scare when he came in contact with hairy caterpillars during a recent trip. This made the actor believe he was experiencing a heart attack. It may sound strange, but it’s actually true! Here is everything that went down that made Jamie Dornan get hospitalized.

Jame Dornan Hospitalized by Hairy Caterpillars

Jamie Dornan experienced a health scare during a trip to Portugal when he suffered heart attack symptoms caused by toxic caterpillars. His friend, Gordon Smart, who faced similar symptoms at a golfing resort last year, shared the incident on BBC’s “The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected” podcast.

They first thought that their health issues to drinking the night before. But then, both friends ended up in the hospital due to the effects of the toxic caterpillars. Jamie Dornan and his friend Gordon Smart were surprised to learn that their symptoms were caused by an encounter with processionary caterpillars, known for their toxicity.

The “Hairy” Caterpillars That Got Jamie Dornan Hospitalized

The pine processionary moth is a species of moth whose caterpillars are known as pine processionary caterpillars. These caterpillars are named for their distinctive behavior of moving in nose-to-tail processions, typically found in pine forests. Pine processionary caterpillars are about 2 to 3 centimeters long with a dark brown color and long hairs.

Jamie Dornan hospitalized
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The caterpillars move in a characteristic nose-to-tail procession, forming long lines of individuals. This behavior is believed to help them find food more efficiently. They are commonly found in pine forests, where they feed on the needles of pine trees. The caterpillars have urticating hairs that can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. These hairs contain a substance that can be harmful to humans and animals.

How Did They Find Out?

Encounters with pine processionary caterpillars can pose health risks due to their toxic hairs, which can cause skin irritation, respiratory problems, and other allergic reactions in humans and animals. Which is what Jamie Dornan went through.

During their vacation, Gordon Smart experienced alarming symptoms, including tingling in his left hand and tickling in his left arm, which he initially feared were signs of a heart attack. Despite being a generally healthy individual, Smart became convinced of the possibility. He sought medical attention, and after being monitored by healthcare professionals, he was eventually discharged from the hospital.

Although Jamie Dornan was hospitalized, it is a crucial moment to take a step back and analyze our surroundings the next time we travel somewhere we haven’t been before. So, be aware of everything around you folks!

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