Supervet sensation that is Noel Fitzpatrick spoke to This Morning about getting Covid for a second time and the effect it had on his body. Known for fixing animals and helping them recover from some of the most difficult diagnoses, the Channel 4 star candidly said he “thought he was going to die” and revealed what gave him hope.
Speaking to Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary, Noel explained: “As I was writing the book about how animals saved my life, I actually meant it.
“Last year, I broke my neck, I got Covid last March and then I got Covid again just a few weeks ago – I thought I was going to die, this time was really tough – the exhaustion.
“I was paralysed with muscle and joint pain [and] when I thought I was going to die, when Rickashay [his cat] looked up at me and when [his dog] looked up at me, I felt I was going to be okay,” he continued.
“I can’t encourage you enough to get an animal friend – rescue dog all the better, rescue cat all the better [but] We have to be careful because a dog or cat isn’t just for lockdown.
“And I tell you what, just as a warning, just be careful, be respectful, we’re not out of this thing yet.
“We’re in it together and in this consulting room, I see the kind of collective trauma, grieving and depression which goes with lockdown,” the vet added.
Noel told his fans the news about getting Covid with a video on his Instagram account.
It began: “Hi everybody, Noel and Excalibur [a cat] here, just having a cuddle. 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. 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.”
It comes after Noel opened up about the bond he has with his personal pets – Kiera [a dog] and Rickashay.
“Kiera and Rickashay have given me all the love in the world,” he told Lorraine during an earlier appearance last autumn.
“When the darkness of the world is closing in, and I’m in bits, I lie on my bed with Rickashay or Kiera, or both of them by my side, they’re unconditional love glues me back together again, so I wake up the next day a little bit healed, ready once more to pick up all the pieces for the other animals and people I care for.”
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Kiera suffered a terrible accident and Noel told Lorraine Kelly: “She’s a lot better, she’s getting stronger every day, she’s still quite weak on her back legs, but she’s lucky to be here.
“She’s a poppet, she’s my little girl. She’s fighting, she’s on the mend.”
“You were there, you saw it happening when she was struck by the van,” the presenter commented. “And that must’ve been horrific and then you had to operate on her!”
“You don’t really compartmentalise, to be the client, to be the parent of the animal in my consulting room was a new experience for me,” the vet replied. “And certainly, I felt what it was like to have the shoe on the other foot and to be desperately worried about the animal you love and that’s an integral memory of your family.
“For me, it was intensely traumatic and yes, I went out of the back door and a van hit her and I pulled her out from underneath the front wheel.
“I could hear her body explode in front of me, it was the most traumatic experience of my life,” he detailed.
“To then have her in intensive care for the best part of five weeks, for her to need two blood transfusions.
“My colleague operated on her for several hours and then I operated on her for eight hours – she’s 13 years of age, she is an extraordinary dog!”
He revealed Kiera has a “bionic pelvis now” and he hopes she will be “leaping around the garden” soon.
Published at Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:17:00 +0000