‘Vaccine sceptic’ dad, 34, fighting for his life after catching coronavirus wishes he could ‘turn back time’
A "VACCINE sceptic" dad has been left fighting for his life after catching Covid.
Matthew Keenan, 34, avoided getting the jab but wishes he could "turn back time" to get protected.
His agreed for his doctor to share his story, after regretting turning down the life-saving vaccine.
Leanne Cheyne, respiratory consultant at Bradford Royal Infirmary, tweeted a picture of Matthew hooked up to oxygen in hospital.
She wrote: "Matthew has agreed for me to share his story.
"34, footie coach and dad. Self-confessed vaccine sceptic until he caught Covid, if he could turn back time he would.
"Our sickest patients are unvaccinated and under 40.
"Matthew is fighting for his life…save yours. #GetVaccinated #GrabAJab."
His pals sent in well-wishes after seeing the tweet, and others praised Matthew for letting his story be shared.
One woman said: "This is so lovely that this patient has let you get the word out there of how important it is to get our Covid vaccinations.
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"Hopefully others will see through his experience they will see sense."
In the UK nearly 46,000,000 have had their first vaccine, with 34,800,000 fully protected with two doses.
After one dose the Pfizer vaccine is 36 per cent effective against symptomatic illness from the Delta variant, and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is about 30 per cent effective against getting ill.
And after two doses, the Pfizer vaccine is 96 per cent effective against hospitalisation and the AstraZeneca jab slashes the risk by 92 per cent.
It comes after we told how a teacher who refused his Covid vaccine was left "staring death in the eyes" after catching the virus.
Abderrahmane Fadil said he "felt well at the time" he was offered his jab, so didn't bother booking an appointment.
He said: "The invite for the jab came and I was a little hesitant as I was so well at the time.
"I was a bit reluctant and just thought I’ll hold my horses and maybe get it later".
Mr Fadil, who lives with his wife, Khadija and two young sons, Rayan, nine and Aryan, seven, said he never believed he would get Covid – or that it would make him so ill.
But he is now urging people to get their vaccine after he was admitted to hospital "gasping for breath".
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