FORMER bare knuckle boxer Paddy Doherty has told how battling Covid is “his hardest fight ever”.
The Sun revealed the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star was rushed back to hospital yesterday suffering breathing problems.
Medics have been able to stabilise the 62-year-old’s breathing.
But he told a friend last night: “This virus is hands down the hardest thing I’ve ever had to fight in my life.
“I’ve taken a lot of hits over the years – but nothing like this.
"Just when you think you’ve beaten the crap out it if – bang it comes back and floors you.”
Paddy from Manchester shared a new video on his Facebook page that showed him taking oxygen yesterday as he explained that it was because of Covid-19.
He wrote alongside the video that he thought that 'all was fine' after he was rushed to hospital last month suffering from double pneumonia and Covid.
"Thought all was fine but here I am back in the hospital," he said.
He added: "CRAZY COVID!
"PLEASE PLEASE LOOK AFTER YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND EVERYONE. FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES."
In the harrowing video clip he could be seen coughing and wheezing. "I'll be out in the morning," he said.
"Just be careful everyone. I'm worse than a cat. A cat's got seven lives, I've got 100 lives."
And the TV personality, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2011, added: "Catch you all later. Be lucky."
Doctors at the Countess of Chester Hospital previously gave Paddy just a 50 per cent chance of survival as they fought to save his life.
Paddy described the haunting image of people dying next to him as he and others fought the deadly virus.
He told the Daily Star: "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.'
"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."
He added: "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 being rolled out and you're saying 'he's not made made it, he's not made it, he's not made it.
"I couldn't believe it. I really thought I was a goner and that my number was up.
"Everyone can talk about how this isn't happening, but this is real."
Paddy started a petition calling for a 10 per cent pay increase for NHS staff and vowed to do charity work when he's strong enough to raise funds, describing them as 'miracle workers.'
"If I was a millionaire, I would give it without a blink of an eye," he said.
"The NHS saved my life and gave me back to my wife. It's the least I can do."
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