Former Biggest Loser contestants Fiona Faulkiner and 'Big Wal' visit Artie Rocke in hospital.
Former Biggest Loser contestants Fiona Faulkiner and 'Big Wal' visit Artie Rocke in hospital. Contributed

Hervey Bay's Biggest Loser in serious condition at hospital

HERVEY Bay's Biggest Loser Artie Rocke remains at a Sydney hospital in a serious condition after collapsing at the reality show's star-studded reunion at the weekend.

Speaking from his hospital bed at St Vincent's on Tuesday, Artie told of how he had been eagerly awaiting the chance to catch up with friends from the show but on the morning of the big day, woke up feeling tired.

By late afternoon he was telling fellow contestants he felt like "someone is sitting on my shoulders" and just half an hour into the evening's festivities Artie collapsed.

Nurses admitted Artie immediately and tests revealed a blood clot on his lung.

Having only recently had surgery to remove varicose veins, Artie knew there was a risk of blood clots but when doctors confirmed they had found one, the news was hard to accept.

"I literally just went numb," Artie said.

"You don't expect to hear something like that even after what had happened and I was so far away from mum and my friends and thought 'what if something happens and they are not here?'

Luckily, Artie's sister-in-law Barbara, nephew Pete and niece Jessica live in the area and when they heard about his accident they rushed to his side.

His mother Katherine has since arrived from Hervey Bay.

While the flamboyant reality star is in good spirits and keeping nursing staff amused, he is realistic about what lies ahead.

An angiogram has revealed Artie has 'the heart of a 30 year old" but doctors are still deciding how best to manage the clot and have warned him no matter what happens, he is in for many more tests and won't be able to fly for at least six months.

"It's going to be a long trip back on the train when I actually get out of here but I'll just keep plodding along," Artie said.

"The important thing is I have mum here now, I'm still alive and I have all the support and well-wishes from friends back home to get me through."It could have been a lot worse."


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