Woman nearly dies after first spin class, leaving her in critical condition

One woman nearly died when a spin class left her with a life-threatening condition.

Kellyanne Franco, 24, was trying out a spin session for the first time when she fell off the bike.

The active Kellyanne thought nothing of it until her ‘pain’ continued for more than a day – leaving her in tears and struggling to walk.

When her symptoms persisted, she went to the hospital and was told she had rhabdomyolysis—a condition characterized by muscle breakdown and muscle death—due to overexertion of her muscles during spin class.

Kellyanne’s blood levels were skyrocketing and when they didn’t subside, she was taken in for a two-hour surgery to relieve the pressure on her right leg.

If doctors hadn’t acted, Kellyanne would have been told she could lose her leg – or her life.

Now Kelly is well and still has to use crutches to help her walk and she is afraid to ever go to the gym.

Kellyanne, a support analyst, said: “I was really active and mountain biking, so I had no idea about that.

“At first, I thought the pain was a pain and I used it in spin class and used muscles I hadn’t used in a while, but it turned out to be life-threatening.

“It’s safe to say that I will never do spin class again.

“It will take me at least a year to get back to normal and my feet will never be the same again.”

Kellyanne was no stranger to high-intensity sports when her cousin advised her to try a spin class.

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Kellyanne Franco in the Hospital

“It looked like fun, and I love biking, so it seemed like a good fit,” Kellyanne said.

But after class, Kailyn got off the bike and fell on the floor.

“My feet got out from under me,” she said.

“I was in a lot of pain too, but I didn’t think it was weird because it was a tough class and I really went for it.”

But as the day passed, Kellyanne had to hold onto the railing to walk, and her pain began to increase.

“It got so bad that I would cry all night long,” she said.

“It was pain. I knew I needed to see a doctor after my pee turned brown.”

Doctors immediately thought she had rhabdomyolysis, but Kellyanne still thought it would take a few days to get back to normal.

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Kellyanne Franco’s scar after surgery

But his blood level remained high and hence doctors had to take drastic measures.

“They suddenly came and told me I needed to have surgery,” Kellyanne said.

“And 30 minutes later I was being driven to the theater.”

Kellyanne had to have a fasciotomy of her right leg – a surgery to relieve swelling and pressure.

Kellyanne is later told that if they hadn’t performed the surgery they would have amputated her leg or, worse, because her muscles would have died, she could have died.

“It was terrible,” Kaelin said.

“I hadn’t even heard of it and now I’m scared to exercise.”

During the operation, doctors removed some of the dying muscles from his right leg.

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Kellyanne Franco’s scar after surgery

Kellyanne was told that her condition had developed due to intense workouts that specifically targeted her quads.

“It’s not that I didn’t do intense exercise before,” Kellyanne said.

“That’s why it’s so scary.”

After a week in the hospital, Kellyanne returned home to recover.

Now she is going through physical therapy to get back her strength in her legs but is still in a lot of pain everyday.

Kellyanne will make a full recovery, but it will take a year for her to get back to normal.

“My right leg will never be that strong again, but I’ll get there,” she said.

“It’s really frustrating but I’m determined to be back in good health.”

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