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MAFS' April Banbury unable to walk after "painful" spinal injury

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MAFS' April reveals her "painful" spinal injuryChannel 4

Married at First Sight UK star April Banbury revealed she has suffered a painful spinal injury, which has left her unable to walk.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, April revealed that she has a prolapsed disc in her spine after lifting a heavy object. "My ability to live a normal life has been taken away from me and I am now classified as having a disability," she said.

"I literally just lifted something heavy in the wrong way and ended up like this. It was so unexpected and couldn't believe it could cause such a severe injury."

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April, who appeared on the 2022 season of the reality dating show, went on to explain that she has been left "housebound" after being unable to walk for the past couple of weeks.

"Life is not as I once knew it. I really will never take anything for granted ever," she said, revealing that numbness in her lower body after the injury had gotten so bad that she'd had a 1cm shard of glass stuck in her foot for six weeks without noticing.

Speaking about the changes to her body, she added: "My right shoulder has dropped and my right leg feels longer than my left because I'm all messed up inside.

"I look wonky with bad pain in my right heel in the mornings because it's holding most of my weight when I'm standing."

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The reality star has also shared a candid post detailing her recovery journey on Instagram, revealing that she is currently undergoing daily spinal decompression therapy, as well as thanking her friends and family for support.

"I'm so grateful to be surrounded by so much support and love," she wrote. "If anyone has been through this, or is currently going through this please do share your stories with me."

Married at First Sight UK airs on E4 in the UK. Married at First Sight Australia airs on Nine Network in Australia and E4 in the UK.

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