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Paddy Doherty, 63, rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’s Paddy Doherty, 63, rushed to hospital with a heart attack – and claims he’s been stuck in a corridor for two days – a year after suffering Covid complications

  • The star, 63, shared a video to his social media on Wednesday lying on a hospital bed with a drip attached to his arm 
  • He updated fans on his condition before vowing to give up drinking and embark on a healthier lifestyle 
  • He said in the clip: ‘My heart I think… I had a heart attack last night. My breathing keeps being difficult. It’s like a horse sitting on your chest’ 
  • He also claimed that he had been stuck in a corridor at the hospital in Chester for two days as the unit didn’t have the facilities to move him to a ward 
  • Doherty is a British former bare-knuckle boxer who rose to national fame when he featured on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, a Channel 4 documentary about travellers
  • He then won the eighth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2011 after beating Kerry Katona in the final

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty has revealed that he was rushed to hospital after having a heart attack – a year after suffering Covid complications.

The star, 63, shared a video to his social media on Wednesday lying on a hospital bed with a drip attached to his arm as he updated fans on his condition before vowing to give up drinking and embark on a healthier lifestyle.

He said in the clip: ‘My heart I think… I had a heart attack last night. My breathing keeps being difficult. It’s like a horse sitting on your chest.’

Unwell: My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty has revealed that he was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack – two months after suffering Covid complications

He also claimed that he had been stuck in a corridor at the hospital in Chester for two days as the unit didn’t have the facilities to move him to a ward, before thanking NHS staff for looking after him. 

But he was later quick to reassure fans he was doing alright in a separate video, saying: ‘I wouldn’t say I’m great, but I’m getting there’ before saying he would be ‘be back’ and was trying to stay positive.

‘I will be back stronger,’ the visibly breathless star added.

He explained: ‘It wasn’t just me, there’s a lot of people there, and the sad thing is it’s old gentlemen and old ladies, to see them stuck on a corridor.

Tough: The star, 63, shared a video to his social media on Wednesday lying on a hospital bed with a drip attached to his arm

Ouch: He said in the clip: ‘My heart I think… I had a heart attack last night. My breathing keeps being difficult. It’s like a horse sitting on your chest’

‘One man was pulling the blankets off, God help him he didn’t know. They said we’ve got to keep you covered up, we haven’t got the facilities.’

He then vowed to embark on a healthier lifestyle after his health scare, saying he would stop drinking and start respecting his wife more.  

Paddy explained: ‘I’ve got to stop drinking, stop messing about, and enjoy my life the way I was enjoying my life.

‘A lot of people do things in life they shouldn’t do,’ he explained, as he said he’d been drinking too much beer, and wasn’t ‘respecting’ his wife and family.

Update: But he was later quick to reassure fans he doing alright in a separate video, saying: ‘I wouldn’t say I’m great, but I’m getting there’ before saying he would be ‘be back’ and was trying to stay positive

He said he was ‘selfish’ and ‘trapped’ in his own world, and said he couldn’t deal with the struggles he faced in his life, so began drinking ‘just to get drunk’.

Paddy then urged his fans to speak to other people about their problems, and admitted he felt ‘even better’ just talking about the situation.

‘Think positive, and God bless you,’ he said, and laughed as he said he was grateful to be alive to ‘say those words’.

Paddy first revealed he had been hospitalised due to problems with his heart on April 25. He said medics were ‘worried’ about him in footage from the time.

A representative for Paddy and the hospital have been contacted for a comment.  

It comes after last February Paddy was rushed back to hospital less than three weeks after he returned home following a battle with coronavirus. 

He shared a video on Facebook at the time in which he told his followers he was back at the hospital after suffering from shortness of breath.

Promises: He then vowed to embark on a healthier lifestyle after his health scare, saying he would stop drinking and start respecting his wife more

Mr Doherty was seen struggling to breathe and coughing in the clip, as he said: ‘I’ll be out in the morning. Just be careful everyone. 

‘I’m worse than a cat. A cat’s got seven lives, I’ve got 100 lives.’

He explained his previous Covid-19 infection had caused him to become ‘short of breath’, as he continues to take oxygen from a machine throughout the footage.

‘Catch you all later. Be lucky,’ he concluded.

Oh no: It comes after last February Paddy was rushed back to hospital less than three weeks after he returned home following a battle with coronavirus 

The Celebrity Big Brother winner was rushed to hospital the month before when a mystery illness worsened, prompting his wife Roseanne Doherty to call 999.

He was later diagnosed with pneumonia and coronavirus and admitted to hospital. 

Mr Doherty – who was previously given a 50 per cent chance of survival by medics – had suffered extreme exhaustion which left him stuck in bed for two days after he first fell ill.

Ill: He shared a video on Facebook at the time in which he told his followers he was back at the Countess of Chester Hospital after suffering from shortness of breath 

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 to help him fight the illnesses. 

As he fought the conditions, Mr Doherty urged his fans not to underestimate the impact of coronavirus.

The reality TV star said although he was reluctant to go to hospital, paramedics told him he may not have woken up the following morning had he stayed at home. 

Pictured: After this Covid battle Paddy shared a video from his home on the English Welsh border thanking his fans for their well wishes and praising doctors and nurses as ‘true angels’ who he says saved his life

In a video shared from his hospital bed, he warned fans the virus was ‘not a joke’ as he thanked them for their well wishes and added: ‘Be lucky, be safe and God bless you all. Look after yourself.’ 

He returned home a week later on January 19, speaking in a video from his home on the English-Welsh border to praise the doctors and nurses who helped care for him as ‘warriors of God’.

Mr Doherty said: ‘Thank my god. They let me home about half an hour ago. I’m at home now. I’ve got a load of steroids I’ve got to take, just a bag of steroids.

‘Just got to keep indoors now for 10 days and I’m a new man. So I want to thank you all for praying and just being concerned about me. But the most important people I’ve ever seen in my life is them nurses and doctors. They’re a great team.

Support system: Doherty with his wife Rosanne at their home on the England/Wales border in March 2013

‘Can I just say one thing? Listen – you’re on about a front line, not being a c*** or anything, but you’re on about a front line – imagine soldiers, they’ve got to go up front first before the back crew gets killed, they got to go up.

‘And that’s what it’s like, they’re going up. They know exactly what’s happening, and they’re wearing this [PPE], and they can catch it faster and they’re putting their lives…

‘I’ve never seen nothing like them. They are the true warriors of God, true angels.

‘They’ve nerves of steel. I was afraid there. It was 50-50, it wasn’t even 50-50 but I lived to tell the story.

‘Them nurses and doctors – thumbs up – there’s no words for them. They’re just a different level. They’re the greatest people on the planet.

‘Without them, life wouldn’t exist.’

As he signed off by saying ‘I’m home, I’m home’, he asked fans to pray for nurses and doctors and added: ‘God be good to them all and their families.’ 

In March 2019, Doherty had a five-and-a-half-hour operation to treat his prostate cancer after suffering excruciating pains when he urinated and passing blood.

Wow: He won the eighth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2011 after beating Kerry Katona in the final. Other housemates that series included Jedward and Amy Childs

He had his first operation at Manchester Royal Infirmary and said at the time how he had considered taking his own life because of the pain from the cancer.

Doherty is a British former bare-knuckle boxer who rose to national fame when he featured on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, a Channel 4 documentary about travellers.

He then won the eighth series of Celebrity Big Brother in 2011 after beating Kerry Katona in the final. Other housemates that series included Jedward and Amy Childs.

Doherty also appeared with another housemate, Sally Bercow, on the Channel 5 documentary When Paddy Met Sally which saw them stay at each other’s homes.  

Family: Doherty (right) with his son Simey (left) at the 2011 TV Choice Awards in September 2011

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