Florence Pugh Suffers From Rare Condition That Forced Her To Move Overseas

Florence Pugh suffers from a rare health condition that once forced her to move overseas.
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Florence Pugh suffers from a rare health condition that once forced her to move overseas.

Pugh, 27, is a talented British actress known for her versatile performances in both film and television.

The Oppenheimer star has starred in movies like Little Women and Don’t Worry Darling. 

Rising to fame in the early 2010s, Pugh has earned critical acclaim and widespread recognition for her compelling roles in various genres, solidifying her place as one of the industry’s most promising stars.

In a thrilling adventure on Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the Midsommar star opened up about a rare medical condition that led her family to relocate from England to Spain.

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Joined by the intrepid Bear Grylls, they embarked on a 48-hour journey through the wilds of Costa Rica, facing challenges that would make even Black Widow proud.

During their adrenaline-packed escapade, Pugh shared the story behind her family’s decision to move when she was between the ages of three and six, all based on medical advice.

The Lady Macbeth actress revealed: “We were in Spain because I have a breathing issue, and when I was younger they kind of just advised that a hotter climate would be better.

“I have asthma and I have this thing called tracheomalacia as well.

“And so from a young age, I’ve just had a different breathing system.”

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Tracheomalacia is a rare condition that can cause the walls of the windpipe to collapse, obstructing a person’s airway and making breathing incredibly challenging.

For Pugh, this condition was a significant concern during her early years, leading her family to seek a climate that could better support her health.

Thankfully, as an adult, Pugh has found ways to manage her condition, and it no longer affects her as intensely as it did in her childhood.

Florence Pugh and Bear Grylls.
Florence Pugh opened up about her health issues on Running Wild with Bear Grylls. Credit: National Geographic

Her resilience and determination are evident as she fearlessly navigates the wild terrain alongside Grylls, proving that her medical condition doesn’t hold her back from living life to the fullest.

Pugh’s candid revelation on Running Wild with Bear Grylls is not the only instance where a Hollywood star has shared personal struggles on the show.

Ashton Kutcher, in a moving episode, opened up about his harrowing experience with a rare form of vasculitis, a condition that thickens the walls of blood vessels, potentially leading to reduced or cut-off blood supply to certain body parts.

The actor described the terrifying moments when he was temporarily unable to see, hear, or walk due to the life-threatening condition.

Kutcher considers himself fortunate to be alive after surviving the ordeal.

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The show, known for its immersive and challenging experiences, has featured an array of famous guests, with former US President Barack Obama making a notable appearance.

As Grylls takes his celebrity companions on unforgettable journeys through harsh and hostile environments, they not only showcase their physical prowess but also share intimate truths about themselves.

For Pugh, her adventurous spirit shines through as she conquers Costa Rica’s rugged terrain alongside Grylls, proving that determination and courage can overcome life’s obstacles.

Her openness about her medical journey inspires others facing similar challenges and reinforces the message that resilience and a positive attitude can lead to remarkable feats.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.