Orlando Bloom reveals NHS saved his life in touching tribute amid coronavirus outbreak

Sarah Young
·2-min read
Orlando Bloom: Getty
Orlando Bloom: Getty

Orlando Bloom has shared a touching tribute to the NHS as health workers continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday, the Lord of the Rings actor revealed that the health service saved his life when he was 20-years-old as he highlighted the importance of supporting doctors and nurses during the outbreak.

Recalling how the NHS helped him in the past, Bloom told his 3.8 million Instagram followers: “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’ll always respect the most.”

Bloom accompanied the post with a video of the NHS logo and the statement: “Don’t send our NHS backwards. #StayHomeNow.”

The tribute hit home for a number of the 43-year-old’s followers who also shared their support for the NHS.

“We are so lucky to have such a great healthcare system in the UK, I work as a nurse and feel so proud of all the medical staff working in this crisis!” one person commented.

Another wrote: “It’s an amazing service and I think one we take for granted.”

A third person added: “Brilliantly well said Orlando, and the message is spot on! Thanks!"

Bloom’s post comes just hours after his fiancée Katy Perry revealed the gender of their first child on Instagram.

The singer shared a photo of Bloom smiling at the camera with his face covered in what appeared to be pink-coloured cream.

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💕 it’s a girl 💕

A post shared by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on Apr 3, 2020 at 8:32pm PDT

The image was taken as part of the couple’s gender reveal and posted alongside the caption: “It’s a girl” and two pink heart emojis.

Perry also geotagged the photo "Girls Run The World."

The couple first revealed that they were expecting their first child together on 5 March.

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