Bondi Vet star, 39, hospitalized with suspected neurological disease
Bondi Vet star, 39, hospitalized with suspected neurological illness after “repeatedly dropping phone and scrambling words” – just months after daughter was born
Bondi Vet star and emergency vet Dr Gerardo Poli was hospitalized last week with suspected neurological disease.
Partner and co-star, 39, Dr Alex Hynes, confirmed the news on Monday, after noticing he had “acted strangely” a week earlier.
“About a week ago he started behaving strangely. His speech was slow and he was confusing words, ” Dr Hynes, 44, who works with Dr Poli at Brisbane’s Animal Emergency Service (AES) as a senior veterinarian, wrote on Instagram.
Hospitalized: Dr Gerardo Poli of Brisbane Animal Emergency Service was hospitalized last week with suspected neurological disease
“He dropped his phone several times on the floor, tripped over his own feet and hit the edges of the doors. The scariest part was that he was not aware that something was wrong, ”she continued.
“On Thursday, he sat down at his computer and realized he couldn’t type on the keyboard. For some reason, this is the thing that crossed his consciousness and allowed me to give him the help he needed.
Dr Hynes said his partner was admitted to the neurology department at Mater Hospital on September 30 and praised the “amazing medical team” working on a diagnosis.
The trip to the hospital came just six months after the couple welcomed a daughter, Lorelai.
Partner: Partner and co-star, 39-year-old Dr Alex Hynes (right), who works with Dr Poli (left) at the Brisbane Animal Emergency Service (AES) as a senior veterinarian, confirmed the news Monday, after noticing that he ‘had’ acted strangely ‘a week earlier
“At this point, all we know is that he’s suffering from some form of brain inflammation-encephalitis. [It’s] probably autoimmune in nature but probably triggered by a recent respiratory virus that he had fought, ”she added.
On the same day, Dr Poli thanked his friends, family and fans for their wishes on social media, and also posted a photo of him cuddling Lorelai.
“It doesn’t take much to forget what’s important to you,” he wrote.
“I’m not at death’s door by any means, but being there for Lorelai (aka Potato) when she needs me, teaching her all the bad things and making her laugh are the things I treasure the most.
“I have a great team here at @materprivate… and I’m sure we’ll get to the bottom of what’s going on. As always, there is my biggest supporter and advocate @dralexhynes – without her I wouldn’t be where I am.
Thank you: On the same day, Dr Poli thanked his friends, family and fans for their wishes on social media, and also posted a photo of him cuddling his six-month-old daughter.
‘Thank you for all the messages of love and concern. Don’t worry, I still have a lot to do in this world. So, before long, I’ll be back on my feet. I love you all. Gx. ‘
In 2017, Dr Hynes was one of the vets chosen to appear on Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast, after former Dr Chris Brown, former “Bondi Vet”, left the show.
Dr Poli, who is a director at AES alongside his partner, joined the series later.
The couple recently launched a YouTube show called Bondi Vet: ER.
Dr Hynes has a 12-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. She and Dr Poli welcomed their daughter, Lorelai, in April this year.
Blended Family: Dr Hynes has a 12-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. She and Dr Poli welcomed their daughter, Lorelai (pictured), in April this year