Orlando Bloom Credits NHS for Saving Him From Paralysis in COVID-19 Tribute

In a desperate plea to fans to stay at home amid the crisis, the ‘Carnival Row’ star recalls his time as a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama when he fell and broke his back in 1998.

AceShowbizOrlando Bloom is begging fans in the U.K. to stay indoors and support the NHS (National Health Service), as medical professionals remain under strain amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Taking to social media, the “Carnival Row” star recalled being a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, when he fell and broke his back in 1998, threatening his acting dreams.

Despite fears he would be permanently paralyzed, Bloom went on to make a quick recovery thanks to the efforts of NHS staff, and in a desperate plea to fans on Instagram he wrote, “The NHS saved my life when I was 20 after I fell from a 3rd floor window and broke my back.”

“Having lived in the US for nearly 20 years now it’s one of the public services from home I respect the most.”

Alongside the post he shared a clip of the blue NHS logo and the words, “Don’t send our NHS backwards,” which transform into “Stay Home Now” as the logo is reversed.

The actor, who is currently expecting his first daughter with fiancee Katy Perry, made the statement as the U.K. remains under lockdown, with citizens only allowed to leave home for shopping or to collect medicine, for one daily bout of exercise, and to travel to work if it’s absolutely essential.

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