'The Bachelor' alum Carly Waddell breaks her silence about her mysterious hospitalization
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/21/2021
The Bachelor alum Carly Waddell has finally broken her silence about her mysterious hospitalization last week and revealed she was pleading with herself to stay alive as her body was simply "giving out."
Carly, 35, took to Instagram on Sunday and posted a 15-minute video explanation of her hospitalization on Monday, June 14 -- which her estranged husband Evan Bass documented on social media at the time -- and the frightening events that led up to it.
Carly captioned her video post, "Health update. Thanks for the prayers everyone. [Here's] the update of my plane medical emergency on Monday. No one really has any answers but I know y'all have been wondering what went down, so here ya go. Love you!"
In the video, Carly began, "Hello, everybody, I'm alive. It was dicey there for a little bit. I joke, but it was."
Carly thanked her followers for their prayers that were "needed" and "for caring" about her.
"I know that you guys were wondering what happened to me on Monday," Carly said, before noting her recovery took all week and she was without a phone most of the time.
Carly was apparently at the airport and about to take a trip without her kids when she began experiencing "really bad intestinal cramps" while waiting in line to board her Southwest flight.
"When I say 'really bad,' they're what I would compare to contractions. They were unbelievably bad," Carly said, adding that the pain kept getting worse but she initially attributed the cramps to her common food allergies.
Carly said once she grabbed her seat on the plane, her stomach cramps kept "hitting" and "hitting" her.
"I couldn't breathe anymore," Carly recalled. "There was no time to breathe because I couldn't breathe when it was happening. So then I got super, super hot and super, super nauseous and I stopped being able to see and I stopped being able to hear."
"I passed out," Carly shared. "I was caught before I hit the ground."
Carly was immediately treated by a woman on the plane who works in a hospital emergency room.
"I was sitting in the aisle... I just finished my period so I'm not pregnant... The fire department came on -- it was so embarrassing -- and the guy asked me the exact same question, if I was pregnant, and if I could walk," Carly recalled.
Carly said she wasn't sure if she could walk off the plane because "everything was hurting" and so paramedics assisted her off the plane and gave her a wheelchair.
Carly agreed to go to the hospital via ambulance since she didn't want to Uber alone.
"They took my vitals... [My blood pressure] was way too low... and I was still just feeling so sick. [My head was down] and I just couldn't function. I was like, 'I can't move,'" Carly said.
Carly was given an IV and said her blood pressure dropped lower in the 40s, which resulted in her being unable to answer any of the paramedic's questions and the ambulance "rushing" her to the hospital.
"I could tell my body was giving out. I was going down. I had to talk myself [out of it]. I said, 'This is not the way you're going out.' I was laying there with my eyes closed and pep-talking myself into staying alive, I'm not even kidding," Carly shared.
Ironically, the paramedic's name was Evan, and he kept begging Carly to stay with him and remain alert.
"We got to the hospital where my babies were born, so they had all of my information... They called Evan and he came. He was so nice and I could not stop throwing up. I probably threw up 20 times, and I [sh-t] my pants in front of him," Carly admitted.
"It just happened... I kept traveling to the bathroom to go to the bathroom and keep throwing up at the exact same time. So that was really fun. I ruined my favorite pair of pants."
Carly revealed she was "so dehydrated" that her veins weren't very visible and so she was "stuck" with a needle "about 200 times."
"Probably at least 20," Carly said on a serious note. "They couldn't get blood out for forever and had to use the IV they put on me in the ambulance, which was really shotty."
None of the medicine apparently helped to curb Carly's nausea and she became "super loopy."
Carly explained once the nurse finally retrieved blood, doctors discovered her white blood cell count was "super high" and they didn't know why.
"They basically still don't know what was going on. They said it was probably a virus or bacteria that just got me and got me really good," Carly revealed.
Carly said she's still having "really bad intestinal cramps" but they're not as bad as before.
"I am home and Evan took the kids and they're coming back in a little bit, so I'll be able to hug my kids again. That should make me feel better. So yeah, that's the update," Carly said.
"I don't know what's going on. Nobody actually knows. But I will say you really find out who your friends are, the ones who figured out how to get ahold of me and how to get ahold of my mom and got to Evan and were all asking [about me]."
Carly once again thanked fans, friends and family for their prayers.
"I do feel fainty a lot... I don't really have any answers. I just was, like, really down for the count. The only thing that really helped was, like, fluid and time. So I'm alive and thank you for checking on me, and I appreciate every one of you," Carly concluded.
The Bachelor in Paradise alum first returned to social media on Friday, June 18 following her health crisis to thank fans for their support.
"Hi everyone. Thanks so much for your prayers," Carly wrote in her Instagram Stories at the time, along with a photo of herself on a stretcher.
"This was me Monday morning being rushed to the hospital from the airport. It's a long story I'll share really soon."
Evan apparently stayed by Carly's side while she was in the hospital. Evan revealed Tuesday morning, June 15, on Instagram that Carly was discharged "in pretty rough shape" and she "may have to go back" to the hospital.
Carly's medical scare may have changed the status of her relationship with Evan since they announced their "difficult decision to separate" in December 2020 after three years of marriage.
Jade added of Carly, "So, I don't know. I think she's happy where she is right now, and I think she's just kind of trying to figure out what's best for their family."
Carly admitted in late December she was "very sad" after her breakup with Evan and going through a divorce "just sucks." She said, however, "all wounds heal" with time.
Evan didn't break his silence about the split until April, when he called himself "an easy target" for criticism and gossip since he had chosen to be quiet about the separation.
Evan said earlier this month he is "happy" and "dating" again, but now it appears he may be interested in working things out with Carly.
Carly and Evan fell in love in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise and got engaged during the September 2016 finale.
Evan -- who also has three older sons from a previous relationship: Nathan, Liam and Ensley -- pursued Carly with determination only to face resistance in the beginning of the season, but Carly slowly fell in love with his quirks and personality.
The former Nashville-based couple went on to tie the knot in June 2017, and their wedding ceremony aired during an episode of Bachelor in Paradise's fourth season on ABC.