Kate Beckinsale was hospitalized after suffering a ruptured ovarian cyst, she revealed in an Instagram post on Saturday, January 26th. The Underworld actress shared two photos from her hospital bed. One shows her looking pained with an oxygen tube in her nose. In another, she’s lying on her side in bed and covered by a sheet while surrounded by medical equipment. “Turns out a ruptured ovarian cyst really hurts and morphine makes me cry. So thankful to everyone who looked after me,” she captioned the shots, adding “#wobbly.”
A rep for Beckinsale did not immediately reply to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “an ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on or inside an ovary. In some cases, the cyst can break open (rupture).” Severe symptoms include “pain in the lower belly and bleeding,” and “in rare cases, a ruptured ovarian cyst may need surgery.”
The actress replied to one individual who commented on the post, “But first let me take a selfie.” “It’s actually not a selfie,” Beckinsale wrote. “My mum took it. In fact I would not have posted it if we had not noticed someone in a car taking a photo of me leaving the hospital in a wheelchair.”
“I have Instagram largely to have my own honest narrative and not have to always be ambushed by stories that come out that are invented, I’d prefer to say what happened than endure speculation and so I chose to share,” she continued, explaining why she posted the private moment. “I agree, it’s not a normal impulse. But it’s not normal to be photographed in vulnerable situations by people you don’t know either. (If you were interested in knowing the provenance of this, which, you probably are not.).”
She also used the comment to express gratitude for the more positive notes she’s received. “Thank you so much to everyone who has wished me well and lots of love to all the girls here who have been through similar or worse. Love to all x.”
The actress replied to hairstylist Peter Savic after he asked when the incident happened, writing, “Today!! Thank you darling love you.” A number of famous friends expressed their shock at her health crisis and sent well wishes in the comments. Sarah Silverman—a pal who previously dated Beckinsale’s ex Michael Sheen, with whom Beckinsale shares daughter Lily Mo Sheen, 19—wrote, “OMG.”
“Are you okay? Sending you so much love,” Isla Fisher commented, while David Spade wrote, “WTF.” Kevin Nealon penned, “Ohhhh noooo! So sorry, Kate! Sending you healing wishes!” Courtney Love, Keith Lemon, Rose McGowan, Sara Foster, Olympian Lindsey Vonn, and singer Natalie Imbruglia also shared heartfelt messages.