Ill burlesque dancer coming home

JO MOIR
Last updated 15:01 19/02/2013
Eva Wolfe

BED-RIDDEN: Former Wellington burlesque dancer Eva Wolfe in hospital in Texas.

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A critically-ill Wellington burlesque dancer is on the road to recovery and heading home tomorrow.

Eva Wolfe, known on stage as Eva Strangelove, was struck down by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a bacteria that causes serious infection and can be deadly.

After more than a month in a Texas hospital and six-figure medical bills to show for it, she is allowed to go home.

Wolfe, 31, made her break in June 2007 in the Sisters of Strangelove, a three-piece burlesque dance troop, that performed their debut in front of a sell-out crowd at the Mighty Mighty Bar on Cuba St.

She now lives in America with her musician husband, Dave Wolfe, and all going well the pair plan to return to Wellington in September to perform and thank friends and family for their support.

''We haven't actually told anyone our plan yet so hopefully it will be a nice surprise and we're really looking forward to putting on a big show,'' Mr Wolfe said from Texas today.

After his wife was given just a 60 per cent chance of survival Mr Wolfe said it was ''pretty nerve-racking to say the least''.

''Now it's a case of going home to bed-rest and baby steps,'' he said.

Walking just a short 100m today was huge progress for Wolfe. When she went to hospital the slight dancer and model was just 45kg and she would leave a rather gaunt-looking 38kg.

Mr Wolfe said his wife was ''flabbergasted'' when she heard about the fundraising friends and family were doing to pay for their expenses.

A charity website set up for the couple has already raised over $13,000 and burlesque friends of Wolfe's are in the midst of putting together a variety show to raise more money.

''Before Eva could even talk I was telling her what everyone was doing for her and I've never seen her eyes so big,'' he said.

''The bills are huge but we have some medical insurance that will bring the figure down but we just don't know exactly how much at the moment.''

Wolfe has put a lead role in a movie pilot and many other performances aside while she's battled her illness.

The new goal is to get to Viva Las Vegas at the end of next month and then concentrate on a trip home later in the year.

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