Paddy Doherty has warned fans “don’t underestimate Covid-19” in a clip after being rushed to hospital.
The My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star is seriously ill and has been put on oxygen as he battles both the deadly bug as well as pneumonia.
Despite feeling breathless, the 61 year old opted to film a video from his hospital bed, where he was hooked up to machines, to warn fans the illness is “no joke”.
“I want to say thank you to every one of you for praying for me. I’m a bit on the weak side and all that but I’m alive,” he told fans on his Facebook page.
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The Celebrity Big Brother winner, who was previously caught on video brawling with a teenager in front of shocked onlookers, continued: “I’m gonna make you all laugh. I’ve been knocked out for the last couple of days. I can sit up now, I couldn’t sit up. Look, I can even move my hand, I couldn’t do that.
“I’m alive. It’s not a joke, far from a wise crack. Keep your distance, don’t shake hands.”
Paddy went on to explain that his doctor told him he has both Covid-19 and pneumonia and will have be given steroids to help him fight them off.
He then said he managed to have a laugh with his doctor, who told him: “You are the most funniest man in the world. You are one patient I will never forget.”
On a more serious note in the six minute long video, the reality star added: “But the point of my story is, be careful, I can’t believe I’m talking to you.
“Be lucky, be safe and God Bless.”
Paddy’s wife Roseanne, who he has been married to for 44 years, announced the heartbreaking news of his diagnosis on her Facebook page as she asked for her friends to pray for him.
“Please will everything pray for my paddy he has been taken in to hospital. He is not very well,” [sic] she first wrote.
She added: “Paddy has tested positive for COVID 19 please keep praying for him,” alongside a photo of them together.
The Celebrity Big Brother winner’s son Simey also took to his social media page to share a few additional details after asking for prayers, too.
“Can you please keep my father in prayer please as As he is been rushed to hospital,” [sic] he said.
Simey, whose father’s teenage nephew tragically died in a car crash in 2017, added: “Can everybody please keep my father in prayer as I was just speaking to him and he has got double pneumonia also claw seen in the lungs and tested positive for Covid he’s also on oxygen keep my father in prayer”. [sic]