It’s quite likely that Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle will have to miss tonight’s Dancing On Ice live show as she’s been diagnosed with severe gastroenteritis.
The drama of Beth’s illness began when she was rushed to hospital yesterday with suspected appendicitis, however, after tests and scans, it was concluded that she had the nasty stomach bug, and would need to ensure she keeps her fluid intake up to avoid complications from dehydration.
The bug, which of course causes repeated bouts of vomiting and diarrhea, struck while Beth was rehearing for this weekend’s show with her pro-skate partner Dan Whiston. Both Beth and Dan are now reportedly “quarantined” so as to ensure the infection doesn’t spread.
A show insider told The Sun, “It’s 50/50 if Beth will be able to perform tonight.
“She spent last night resting and the team will review the situation.
“If she can’t skate, it will also be bad news for Oona King, who is meant to be facing her in a duel…
“Not having Beth there could really throw her.
“Two of the producers have also just been sent home suffering from severe gastroenteritis, so everyone on the show is worried they could be next.”
The illness has topped off an already bad week for Beth, who’s had to endure vile messages on Twitter.
One user of the social networking site wrote, “Tesco could release new burger names like the ‘stallion’ or the ‘pony’ or the ‘Beth Tweddle’.”
Another ‘joker’ commented, “Having traces of a horse is a lot better than having traces of Beth Tweddle in your burgers.”
A DOI source said, “Tweets like this are obviously very cruel but Beth won’t let online bullies get to her and she isn’t interested in the sympathy vote.
“She knows that for every nasty message there are 20 positive ones from fans who are supporting her, both in her gymnastics career and on the ice.
“Falling ill this week has been a huge blow but she is determined to come back stronger. As an athlete she is used to setbacks.
“As long as she is well enough, she will be back in training and giving the competition her all.”
Let’s hope Beth gets well soon, but for now, here’s a reminder of one of her recent SCD performances…