Strictly's Gorka Marquez put on a drip after being rushed to hospital

Strictly’s Gorka Marquez is put on a drip after being rushed to hospital with a mystery illness just days before Christmas

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Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorka Marquez was rushed to hospital with a mystery illness and put on a drip just days before Christmas.

The Spanish professional dancer, 31, was taken to Fairfield Hospital in Manchester this week, where he was monitored by doctors overnight before being sent home.

Gorka took to Instagram on Thursday to share a series of pictures from his 24 hours in hospital, joking that his fiancée Gemma Atkinson thought it was an excuse to miss out on wrapping Christmas presents.

Oh no! Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorka Marquez was rushed to Fairfield Hospital in Manchester this week, where he was monitored by doctors overnight before being sent home

Hospital visit: Gorka took to Instagram to detail his visit to the hospital, where he thanked the doctors and nurses for being ‘so lovely’

One photograph showed Gorka sitting on his hospital bed with a drip in his arm, while another showed him posing with his half-eaten sandwich.

The father-of-one assured his fans that he was doing OK and had returned home after his hospital visit. He did not reveal the reason for his overnight stay. 

He wrote: ‘I was looking forward for Christmas at Home but that was interesting 24h in Hospital @glouiseatkinson thinks it was a excuse to avoid all the wrapping of the Christmas presents…

‘Anyway… everything is okey and I am back home having cookies and cuddles of my little nurse. 

‘Thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at Fairfield Hospital for being so lovely to me. Feliz Navidad!!!’ (sic) 

Illness: The Spanish professional dancer, 31, joked that his fiancee Gemma Atkinson thought it was an excuse to miss out on wrapping Christmas presents

Peckish: Gorka took to Instagram to share a series of pictures from his 24 hours in hospital, with one photo showing him posing with his half-eaten sandwich

His friends and fans were quick to flood the comments section with well-wishes for Gorka, with many of his Strictly co-stars sending him messages.

His former Strictly celebrity partner Katie McGlynn commented: ‘Noo! Hope you’re okay.’ 

John Whaite, who reached the final of this year’s series of Strictly with professional partner Johannes Radebe, said: ‘I hope you are ok Gorksybabes.’

And Jowita Przystał wrote: ‘Get well soon xxx sending you lots of positive energy.’

While Strictly professionals Katya Jones and Amy Dowden also sent their co-star ‘get well soon’ messages.

‘Everything is OK!’: The father-of-one did not reveal the reason for his overnight stay

Support: His friends and fans were quick to flood the comments section with well-wishes for Gorka, with many of his Strictly co-stars sending him messages

Earlier this year, Gorka competed on this year’s series of Strictly alongside Hollyoaks actress Katie McGlynn, before they were the second couple to be eliminated from the contest during movie week.

Speaking on This Takes Two after they were knocked out of the competition, Katie, 28, insisted that the pair were going to stay friends.

She said: ‘We’re sad because it means we won’t be rehearsing together, it means our journey’s ended but we’re still going to stay friends. 

Back at home: Gorka assured his fans that he was doing OK and had returned home after his hospital visit

Strictly: Earlier this year, Gorka competed on this year’s series of Strictly alongside Hollyoaks actress Katie McGlynn, before they were eliminated from the contest during movie week

‘He lives in Manchester and I live in Manchester so we’ve already set up a dinner date so yeah, we’re going to catch up. We’ve got mutual friends so we’ll definitely stay in touch.’ 

It comes after Gorka announced his engagement to actress Gemma, 37 – who he shares a daughter Mia, two, with – on Valentine’s Day this year.

The pair first met during the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing – where Gemma was paired with Aljaz Skorjanec and Gorka with Alexandra Burke. 

Both pairings made the final – with romance rumours flying between Gorka and Gemma throughout.

They confirmed their romance as they celebrated their first Valentine’s Day together in 2018. 

Loved-up: It comes after Gorka Marquez and Gemma Atkinson, who share a daughter Mia, two, announced their engagement on Valentine’s Day this year (pictured 2019)

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