A Reality TV Star Learned She Had Mastitis After Fans Responded To A Photo Of Her And Her Baby

In 2015 Zoe Hendrix became famous for her appearance on the controversial Australian reality TV show Married at First Sight. And it was in the show’s first season that the 27-year-old digital marketing executive met plumber Alex Garner.

In the show, relationship experts put couples together based on compatibility predictions, and they each get hitched on the very first day they set eyes on one another. Incredibly, then, Hendrix and Garner are still happily married two years on from their appearance: they are the true success story of the show.

In fact, in June 2016 Hendrix posted a tribute to her husband on Instagram, writing, “Happy 2 Year Wedding Anniversary to my hunk a spunk… I can’t believe two years ago we met at the altar, what a crazy way to find love.”

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Unfortunately, though, the couple’s journey hasn’t been all plain sailing. In June 2015, for instance, they revealed that Hendrix had suffered through a miscarriage.

Understandably, the news devastated the pair. But in 2016 the couple found out that they were expecting another child. And Hendrix just couldn’t contain her excitement on Instagram. “I appreciate and love [Garner] more than I can express & I can’t wait to soon meet our first child,” she wrote.

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Their baby daughter arrived in November 2016, but the delivery was not an easy one. In fact, Garner told Woman’s Day that the umbilical cord had wrapped itself around the baby’s head twice.

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And he recounted the “horrifying” period of time in between the actual birth and the baby’s first cries. “It would have been a good minute,” Garner said. “Twelve people gushed into the room.”

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Despite the initial scare, however, little Harper Rose Garner was fine. Yes, after 12 hours of labor, Hendrix delivered into the world a healthy seven-pounds-and-four-ounces baby. Hendrix told her followers, “I am in awe at what pain I was able to withstand.”

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Just like every other mom adjusting to the stresses and strains of parenthood for the first time, Hendrix found the next few days and weeks exhausting. However, the new mom’s Instagram followers also spotted something else.

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It was this particular Instagram post that made the reality star’s followers think that something serious might be wrong with her. The caption read, “SICK AS a flea bitten dog in the backstreets of Bali.”

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And eagle-eyed followers quickly suggested that Hendrix may be suffering from something more serious than the flu. In fact, the comments kept warning Hendrix that she may have an infection called mastitis.

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One follower warned the star, “As a midwife I’d say you have mastitis. I really hope you’ve jumped on it now. Best of luck it bloody sucks.” And this certainly wasn’t the last comment.

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The photograph collected 274 comments in total, with the majority of observers agreeing that Zoe had mastitis. “Worst illness ever – hope you’re feeling better soon,” one sympathetic follower wrote. Moreover, it was recommended that she see a doctor immediately.

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And sure enough, Hendrix was later diagnosed with mastitis and quickly prescribed antibiotics and pain relief. Perhaps it was just as well; Hendrix admitted that she felt like she had been “hit by a truck.”

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Hendrix was quick to thank her Instagram community for spotting her symptoms, too. She posted a touching message, “THANK YOU to all you wonderful and switched on followers who informed me about Mastitis in my last post.”

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But what exactly is mastitis, the infection that has such similar symptoms to flu? Well, according to the Australian Breastfeeding Association, mastitis occurs after a blockage in the milk ducts creates tissue inflammation in the breast.

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And that’s not the only symptom. Body temperature raises as a result of the infection, explaining Hendrix’s 39 degrees temperature. All in all, it’s not a pleasant condition. In fact, one of Hendrix’s followers described the infection as “absolutely horrible and excruciatingly painful.”

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Happily, though, the infection has now cleared up, and Hendrix has had some time to reflect on the rollercoaster ride of having a new born baby. In fact, she recently shared a photo of herself looking completely exhausted, three days after giving birth.

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And alongside the picture she revealed what she would change next time round. She told her followers, “Those early days are not the time to be a super hero domestic goddess baby juggler.” She also vowed to lean on her family and friends for support more often.

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So, for this couple who met in the most unusual way, it certainly hasn’t been the smoothest of journeys so far. Now, though, the proud parents are enjoying getting to know their little daughter – and so are Hendrix’s eagle-eyed 74,000 Instagram followers.

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