EXCLUSIVE: ‘I was really struggling’: Katie Piper issues health update as she details ‘nightmare’ eye issues while filming new series Jailhouse Mums
Katie Piper revealed she had a ‘nightmare’ trying to cope with severe eye pain while filming her new documentary series Jailhouse Mums.
The Loose Women star, 39, who underwent an operation to fix a defect in her left eye earlier this year, admitted it is still ‘not great’ as she issued a candid health update.
The author revealed she ‘really struggled’ while filming in prisons in the States due to not having access to eye drops.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline about the filming of the documentary series, where she went into a number of different US prisons to follow pregnant female inmates with the delivery of their babies, Katie said the issue ‘has never stabilised’.
She revealed: ‘It’s not great. It’s ongoing my eye for me. I had this infection since February which has never really stabilised.’
‘It’s ongoing my eye for me’: Katie Piper revealed she had a ‘nightmare’ coping with severe pain in her eye while filming her new documentary series Jailhouse Mums
‘I really struggled’: The Loose Women star, 39, who underwent an operation to fix a defect in her left eye earlier this year, said it is still ‘not great’ as she issued a health update
Katie continued: ‘It was a nightmare throughout the filming of the prison show. I was really struggling and it was really hard to get eye drops into the prisons.
‘It’s just one of those things that has never been a stable injury for me. I think if you’re going to have such a life-changing injury you’re going to know and accept those things don’t just heal and go away. It is the same for every burn survivor I have met at that level of severity of injury.’
Katie’s latest medical procedure is part of a long list of complications she has suffered since being victim of a sulphuric acid attack in 2008.
The mother-of-two is blind in one eye as a result of the attack, which was carried out by Stefan Sylvestre Lynch on the orders of her ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch.
Katie went on to detail how it was ‘hard’ being away from her two children Belle, nine, and Penelope, five, as well as husband Richard while filming the series.
She explained: ‘I started filming in January and only finished this month [June]. I went out to the US for two to three weeks at a time exploring motherhood behind bars.
‘It was hard. It was the longest I have ever been away from my kids and not just that length of time but the lack of contact with the six hour time difference.
‘I was obviously not allowed my phone so I had to comply with the prison rules. It was a real strain. Wherever I felt guilty about that I just thought, “come on Katie your going to see your kids in three weeks, these women won’t see their kids for 30 years.”‘
‘It was a nightmare’: The author revealed she ‘really struggled’ with her eye while filming in the prisons in the US due to not having access to eye drops
Distressing: Katie’s latest medical procedure is part of a long list of complications she has suffered since being victim of a sulphuric acid attack in 2008
The TV star also said that her husband, who she married in 2015, knows better than to ‘talk her out of’ something she is passionate about, even if it comes with risks.
She said: ‘We have been together now 11 years and I think he knows I’m going to do what I want.
‘He knows there is no point talking me out of anything. I think it helped that I am genuinely interested in this subject and work in prisons in the UK.
‘I think if it had been a random show I had put my name to and been like “I’m going to go in prisons” I think he would have been a bit worried but I think it was important that I had been working in them a long time and with women.’
Katie began volunteering in British prisons after she was approached to help inmates doing a project on inspirational women.
She revealed: ‘It wasn’t something I had ever thought about volunteering for but I didn’t want to turn them down.
‘I went along and got along so well with the women and got so much myself from it that I then started going back on international woman’s day and now going back throughout the year doing different workshops and really enjoy it.’
The ITV star has also just released her new children’s book, All You Need, and revealed that her two children were her biggest critics in the creation process.
She said: ‘The children’s book was really cool for me because I’ve done so many adult books and it was totally different. It was something my kids could finally enjoy.
‘I went on a tour to schools and went to theirs and read it to their classmates which was really cool.
‘They were practically editors with the creation of the book they were so savage, like “no don’t like that”, they gave me very honest feedback which I guess was very helpful’.
Katie also added that she is excited to spend more time with her children as they ‘grow up so quickly’.
Family: Katie went on to detail how it was ‘hard’ being away from her two children Belle, nine, and Penelope, five, as well as husband Richard while filming the series
‘I really enjoy it’: Katie began volunteering in British prisons after she was approached to help inmates doing a project on inspirational women
Later this year, the author will be heading on tour with ITV’s Loose Women and she gushed how excited she is to spend time with the ‘outrageous’ group.
She said: ‘I’ve only been at Loose for one year and this is the first time they’ve done it, I’m so excited.
‘I have done my own one woman show before and that was really cool travelling around the UK meeting different people. I think it is going to be quite the riot.
‘The women are all really good fun and outrageous so I think it will be a good laugh. I can’t imagine us all going on at once, I think there is like 20 of us doing it, so I imagine it will be similar to the show where we have a panel for that theatre that night. It’ll be a fun girls night out for people. A good laugh.’
Katie Piper’s Jailhouse Mums will air on W Channel at 10pm on Wednesday 21 June.
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