Australian actress KYM VALENTINE sparked a medical crisis onboard a flight from New York to Melbourne on Friday (04Jul08) when pneumonia set in, forcing airline staff to administer oxygen.
The Neighbours star told officials she was unwell when she stepped on the plane for the long-haul flight home, but her condition quickly deteriorated and she started passing out.
Valentine was taken to a Melbourne hospital when the plane landed on Saturday (05Jul08), and she was later diagnosed with pneumonia.
The actress' spokeswoman tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "It was a chest infection that was exacerbated by being on the plane and she became sick quite quickly. She is following doctors' orders and is in the best possible place."
Valentine is expected to remain in hospital for much of this week (beg07Jul08).
She was holidaying with actor boyfriend Vince Colosimo in New York when she first fell ill.