Rachel Hunter finally on the mend after revealing she suffered inflamed heart following split from ex-fianc
14:40 GMT, 24 October 2012
Rachel Hunter was already suffering heartbreak due to her engagement to Canadian ice-hockey player Jarret Stoll being called off.
But the mother-of-two faced physical heartache when she was faced with a life-threatening condition that made her heart dangerously swell.
Fighting back: Rachel Hunter, pictured in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday, has revealed her heart was inflamed after breaking up from fiance Jarret Stoll
Moving on: Rachel admitted that the split was a good thing although she was devastated at the time
43, who was pictured in her native New Zealand, on Monday, suffered
from several health problems a year after her break-up and spent a lot
of time in hospital.
The model told Hello! magazine: 'I had a cold and I just felt out of breath and a little bit weird.
'I went to a friend and said, 'Look, you need to take me to the emergency room'. I was diagnosed with myocarditis and pericarditis, which can happen when you have the flu.
Feeling swell: Rachel, who was out without make-up, was diagnosed with myocarditis and pericarditis, which can happen when you have the flu
Old flame: Jarret Stoll at the VIP screening of Warner Home Video's Stanley Cup Champions 2012
Rachel said that exercising while having
the flu can cause anyone to be killed by the illness, but she was
unaware of this before she was diagnosed.
After being treated for her
myocarditis and pericarditis, she was nursed back to health, but found
herself again needing medical attention.
The ex-wife of Rod Stewart had two slipped discs and had to undergo surgery to fix her complication.
Rachel described the time that she split from Jarret as an 'emotional rollercoaster', but she admits it was the right thing to do.
She told the magazine: ' I actually didn't realise at the time that it affected me as much as it did.
'He was right in the decision he made, as hard as that was for me to realise then.'
Following the split, Rachel moved back to Auckland where she is a judge on New Zealand's Got Talent.
However, she is not the only person who has suffered a broken heart as her ex husband Rod also said that she once broke his.
The singer said in his autobiography,
which is being published later this month: 'I lost 12lbs and took to
lying on the sofa with a hot-water bottle against my chest.
'For four months, it was like some kind of 19th century romantic fever.'
He added: 'I think of my marriage now as eight amazing years spent with someone I deeply loved.
'At the heart of those years was a girl who was too young… and who eventually needed to spread her wings.'
Way back when: Rod Stewart married Rachel in 1990 and said he was heartbroken when she left him in 1999
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