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Paddy Doherty admits he saw death and thought he was ‘a goner’ during battle with coronavirus


Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’s Paddy Doherty has told how he thought he was a “goner” after coronavirus “paralysed” his body.

The TV star was rushed into hospital six days ago with double pneumonia and Covid-19 and has now told how “superhuman” doctors and nurses saved him from death.

Medics gave the bare-knuckle boxer just a 50% chance of survival but willed him on by telling him: “You can beat this Paddy.”

And they were right.

Just six days after he was admitted to the Countess of Chester Hospital, Paddy, 61, is now back at home counting his blessings knowing just how lucky he is.

Paddy Doherty released a video describing his distress at not being able to go to his sister’s funeral

And he says he will be “forever” indebted to the NHS for saving his life, the Daily Star reports.

Speaking from his home in Chester, Paddy describes the haunting image of people dying next to him as he and others fought the deadly virus.

In an exclusive interview with the Star, he said: “The doctors and nurses were all around me.

“I felt like I was paralysed in my body because I couldn’t do anything.

“I couldn’t raise my hand, my head or even speak. I had no strength.

“The doctors were putting all these drips in me and I thought ‘this is it’.

Paddy Doherty, who featured in the Channel 4 show Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and won Celebrity Big Brother
Paddy Doherty, who featured in the Channel 4 show Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and won Celebrity Big Brother

“They gave me some drugs and said if they didn’t work I’d have to go on a ventilator and that I had a 50/50 chance of survival but they told me they thought I could beat it.”

Paddy, who previously lived at Riverside Caravan Park in Queensferry, continued: “I saw death right before me.

“I was in this room and everyone with Covid was tagged.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life.

“You’re looking at people and they’re coming in and then being rolled out and you’re saying ‘he’s not made it, he’s not made it, he’s not made it’.

Mr Doherty said he feels himself “coming back better” after a hospital stay with Covid-19
(Image: Paddy Doherty)

“I couldn’t believe it.

“I really thought that I was a goner and that my number was up.

“Everyone can talk about how this isn’t happening but this is real.

“You don’t realise it until something happens to your relatives.

“ A nurse broke down and started crying. She was at breaking point and said ‘Paddy, I’ve never prepared for something  like this’.

Paddy Doherty appearing in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
(Image: Channel 4)

“People have got to realise this isn’’t made up.

“This is real and so many people are losing their lives.”

Paddy’s beloved wife Roseanne is looking after the former Celebrity Big Brother star as he continues to recover.

He breaks down as he speaks about how he thought he was never going to see her again as he was put in the back of an ambulance.

“Roseanne was crying as they put me in the ambulance.

“She kept saying ‘I love you my Paddy’ and I said to her ‘don’t cry baby, I’m alright, I’m alright’.

“I knew I wasn’t alright though. I was thinking ‘this is it, I’m gone now’.

“Recently, we’ve fallen back in love like we first met each other again. And it has come back bigger than it ever was.

“Silly isn’t it?

“Covid is so real it frightens you.

My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star Paddy Doherty.
(Image: ITV)

“I was crying. I wasn’t crying because I thought I was going to die.

“I was crying because I was leaving my lovely wife. It was bad. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

“Now I’m back at home it feels like Christmas has come early again.

“Roseanne is my life and I’m her life.

“We’re so blessed. I’m a fighter and I’ve been a fighter all my life but look at me…just under a week and I’m sat at home talking to you. It really is a miracle from God.”

Paddy’s Covid-19 fight and his NHS heroes will feature in his second autobiography which he is co-writing with filmmaker pal Danny Coll of Brassic and Emmerdale fame.

Paddy has hailed the NHS staff that saved him as “warriors” and described them as like super-human ‘Robocops’.

He is planning on launching a campaign to get staff a 10% wage increase and wants to do charity work when he’s strong enough to help raise money for them.

He explained: “The doctors and nurses are miracle workers.

“They are willing to put themselves at risk for others knowing the consequences.

“I would like to see NHS staff receive a 10% pay rise.

“What’s 10%? Without them where would we be? The world wouldn’t exist.

“If I was a millionaire I would give it without a blink of an eye.

“The NHS  saved my life and gave me back to my wife. It’s the least I can do.”

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