Model and presenter Lisa Snowdon is said to be recovering in hospital after being struck down with viral meningitis last week.

The 38-year-old was reported to have been suffering from flu like symptoms when she turned on the Christmas lights in London’s Bond Street last Friday, but battled on in order to fulfil her work commitments. The model even went on to present an awards ceremony that evening, before being rushed to hospital “on the verge of collapse” a source revealed.

Once in hospital, the former girlfriend of George Clooney, underwent a number of tests which was when she was diagnosed with viral meningitis, which is less serious that the bacterial strain of the illness.

A spokesperson for Snowdon said she was “on the mend” but was unlikely to be well enough to return to work presenting the breakfast show on Capital Radio with Johnny Vaughan next week. The Saturday’s band member, Frankie Sanford, has been standing in for Lisa this week while she recovers in hospital.

Medical experts have warned that the recovery process from viral meningitis can be long, and the radio host may need to take up to a month off work to ensure she’s fully recovered from the illness.

Snowdon, who is currently starring in the Marks and Spencer Christmas advertising campaign, is said to be recovering well, although she’s yet to be discharged from hospital.

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