Supervet's Noel Fitzpatrick thought he was going to die after battling COVID-19 for a second time earlier this year.
Appearing on This Morning today from his practice in Surrey, he told hosts Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond that he feared for his life: “I had COVID last March and again I had COVID just a few weeks ago and I thought I was going to die.”
“This time was real tough.”
“I was like paralysed with muscle and joint pain, and just as a warning to people out there be careful, be respectful, we're not out of it yet.”
O’Leary and Hammond looked visibly shocked at the revelation, with Hammond letting out an audible “Oh God” at the news.
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The Irish vet said Ricochet and dog Ciara were responsible for helping him battle the illness:
“When I was lying in bed three weeks ago and I thought I was going to die, when Ricochet held my hand and Ciara looked up at me, I felt like I wanted to keep going.”
Fitzpatrick, 53, looked drained as he posted a video on Instagram opening up about being exhausted following his health battle and urged people to be careful not to contract the virus.
He said: 'I wanted to reach out and say thank you for your good wishes."
"Some of you will know I've had COVID pretty bad these last couple of weeks
"It's a horrible dose and leaves you very exhausted so I guess what I wanted to say is: 'We're not done with this thing and you've got to look after each other.
"You've gotta observe the rules, wear your masks and observe social distancing and importantly get your vaccine if you can."
He continued: "Because this is a bad disease and it really takes it out [of you] and I can't emphasise enough that you've got to be careful still."
"If you can, give your animals a cuddle, that always makes things better but take care of each other."
"We're not done till we're done so do the right thing, look after each other and thank you so much for looking out for me. God bless."
The Channel 4 star appeared on This Morning to promote an upcoming live virtual event, based on his book How Animals Saved My Life which details how his dog Ciara helped him recover from depression.
“In this consulting room I see the collective trauma and grieving and depression that goes with lockdown, and we're coming out now but please be careful.”
“Having COVID and thinking I was going to die like some of the patients in this consulting room, the idea for the virtual chat is how do we deal with that, what values do we have collectively to get us through these difficult times.”
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