Love Island's Marcel Somerville reveals he nearly died after being rushed to hospital with undiagnosed type 1 diabetes

IT took almost dying for Love Island's Marcel Somerville to learn he had type 1 diabetes.

Marcel, 34, who just announced he's expecting his first child with girlfriend Rebecca Vieira, was rushed to hospital earlier this summer with COVID-19 symptoms.

The reality star nearly died after he passed out and was rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed with Diabetic Ketoacidosis [DKA] – a complication of Type 1 diabetes.

The singer's blood sugar levels rose to a dangerously high level and acidic ketones built up in his body leaving him in intensive care for over a week.

He described how sick he got to OK!: "I was throwing up, felt light-headed. I lost weight, my face was sunken and you could see my bones.

"It was because I have Type 1 diabetes, but I only found that out in hospital when they asked, 'Do you know you’re diabetic?' I had no clue."

He said: "I experienced the worst thing you can as a diabetic, so it was a proper shock to the system. But diabetes is very manageable as long as you look after yourself and you stay disciplined with what you’re eating.

"It’s crazy that I didn’t know I had this condition, but if I look after myself I’ll be able to live a normal life."

While recovering in hospital Marcel filmed a series of tubes inserted into his arm before flipping the camera to show his face and expressing his gratitude for being alive.

He said: "This is just a message to everyone that has been sending all their prayers and blessings.

"They don’t go missed, I really appreciate them, I really need them right now.

"It’s been a very, very hard few days for me. Saturday was literally the worst day of my life and I nearly died but, yeah, just keep sending them my way because I really need them. Thank you so much. Big love from Marce."

It's been an intense year for Marcel who also experience a miscarriage sorrow with Rebecca before announcing their exciting baby news.

Telling OK! about the moment he found out he was going to be a dad, Marcel said: "I was in the studio with my headphones on and she tapped me on the shoulder.

"She had loads of pregnancy tests in her hand, just to make doubly sure. It was crazy! It’s my first baby and I’ve been waiting a long time for this, so it’s just mad."

The pair have been together for 14 months, with their first pregnancy coming early in the relationship.

Despite their miscarriage heartache, they said the tragedy has made them a stronger couple.

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