Uncertainty at nature of Ash's infection

Actress Leslie Ash today remained in a stable condition in hospital pending the results of tests for an “unknown infection”, her publicist said.

Actress Leslie Ash today remained in a stable condition in hospital pending the results of tests for an “unknown infection”, her publicist said.

The 43-year-old has undergone a number of tests at London’s Charing Cross Hospital since she was admitted in the early hours of Friday, Neil Reading said.

Mr Reading could not confirm whether the actress had been infected by the hospital superbug MRSA.

“Tests have been carried out and we are waiting for the results. Specifically taking a disease and speculating about it is something we are not prepared to comment on at the moment because the doctors are looking at various possibilities,” he said.

“We have no idea when she will be out of hospital because we have no idea how ill she is.”

Mr Reading previously said the actress was believed to have contracted the infection during her stay at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in west London earlier in the week.

“She has been prescribed a strong course of antibiotics and the hospital doctors say she is responding well to the treatment,” he said.

“The infection attacked her nervous system and for a short time she lost the feeling below her waist, which has now started to return.”

The actress’s husband Lee Chapman and their two sons were today said to be at her bedside.

A spokeswoman for Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust said: “She is at Charing Cross Hospital in a stable condition. We are unable to make any further comment. The nature of the infection is not known at this stage.”

Ash was discharged from the Chelsea and Westminster on Wednesday five days after being admitted with a broken rib and collapsed lung.

The actress and her ex-soccer star husband released a statement at the time stressing that her injuries were the result of an “accident”.

Ash had explained that she suffered the injuries when she hit a bedside table while having sex.

In a joint statement, the couple said they were “hurt and upset” by suggestions that Ash’s injuries were not accidental.

Police were called to the couple’s penthouse apartment in Chelsea in the early hours of Friday, April 23.

Officers originally arrested Chapman following the incident but he was later released without charge.

Ash said afterwards: “The injuries happened when I hit a bedside table. We were making love and this happens. How embarrassing is that?”

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