Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Star Paddy Doherty's heartache at missing sister's funeral amid Covid battle

HEARTBROKEN Paddy Doherty has revealed he was forced to miss his sister's funeral amid his battle with Covid.

The Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star, 61, recently revealed he was "hours from death" after testing positive for coronavirus.

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He initially refused hospital treatment, but was later rushed onto a ward suffering with "double pneumonia" – and later released a video from this bed saying he felt "lucky to be alive".

But in new footage, the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant told fans he was tragically unable to attend his beloved sister's funeral due to his illness.

Sounding short of breath, he thanked fans for their prayers before adding: “My lovely sister gets buried tomorrow.

“Please pray for her family, her sons, her lovely daughter and her
beautiful husband.

“And for my brothers and sisters.

“And myself, because I can’t be at my sister's funeral.

“It’s a bad thing, but it is what it is.”

Mr Doherty, who previously lived at a caravan park in Flintshire, north Wales, suffered extreme exhaustion which left him stuck in bed for two days after he first fell ill.

As his condition worsened, his worried wife Roseanne alerted emergency services before he was taken to hospital in Chester.

He was placed on oxygen by doctors, and in previous videos filmed himself gasping for breath.

His son Simey told fans after Doherty's admission: "Can everybody please keep my father in prayer.

"I was just speaking to him and he has got double pneumonia, and also tested positive for Covid.

"He’s also on oxygen. Keep my father in prayer."

In his latest clip, Doherty praised the doctors who had helped him, calling them "angels of God”.

Despite his illness, he is still managing to “have a laugh” with medics, he said.

“I want to say a very good morning to everybody, especially good morning to these doctors," he said.

“Angels of God, that’s what they are. Managing to save everyone’s lives and they're still putting their lives on the front line."

He has previously urged everyone to be “extra careful” and to “keep your distance".

“Cats have seven lives – I must have 100 lives,” he said.

In an interview from hospital, the star said he was told he could die by paramedics after refusing hospital treatment.

"I was getting worse. I had sweats, pains, exhaustion and headaches. I was in a bit of a mess," he said.

"The paramedics arrived and said they needed to take me into hospital.

"I didn't want to go, but they insisted because they were really worried for me.

"They said, 'If you don’t go in you may not wake up tomorrow'."

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