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Dr in the dock Deirdre Reynolds: Dr Christian Jessen's GoFundMe is more embarrassing than ailments aired on his show

Now I'm no doctor, but may I prescribe the Channel 4 star a healthy dose of "catch yourself on", as they say up North.

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File photo dated 23/04/21 of television presenter Dr Christian Jessen leaving Belfast High Court. Dr Jessen has been ordered to pay damages of £125,000 to Arlene Foster for posting an "outrageous" defamatory tweet which made unfounded claims that the First Minister of Northern Ireland was having an extramarital affair. Picture date: Thursday May 27, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ULSTER Foster . Photo credit should read: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

File photo dated 23/04/21 of television presenter Dr Christian Jessen leaving Belfast High Court. Dr Jessen has been ordered to pay damages of £125,000 to Arlene Foster for posting an "outrageous" defamatory tweet which made unfounded claims that the First Minister of Northern Ireland was having an extramarital affair. Picture date: Thursday May 27, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ULSTER Foster . Photo credit should read: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

File photo dated 23/04/21 of television presenter Dr Christian Jessen leaving Belfast High Court. Dr Jessen has been ordered to pay damages of £125,000 to Arlene Foster for posting an "outrageous" defamatory tweet which made unfounded claims that the First Minister of Northern Ireland was having an extramarital affair. Picture date: Thursday May 27, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story ULSTER Foster . Photo credit should read: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Over the years, Embarrassing Bodies has featured some seriously eye-watering ailments from extreme teeth grinding to rotting feet and twisted testicles.

But it's the absolute neck on Dr Christian Jessen that could prove the most cringey of all.

The British TV doctor was this week ordered to pay Arlene Foster £125,000 over a defamatory 2019 tweet.

And, in true GP style, now he wants his fans to cough up after launching a GoFundMe to foot the bill.

The 44-year-old is asking supporters for £150,000 to appeal the decision handed down at Belfast High Court on Thursday.

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Dr Christian Jessen and Arlene Foster (Ian West/Liam McBurney/PA)

Dr Christian Jessen and Arlene Foster (Ian West/Liam McBurney/PA)

Dr Christian Jessen and Arlene Foster (Ian West/Liam McBurney/PA)

Rattling his begging bowl on the fundraising platform, more typically used to cover the cost of lifesaving medical treatment for sick children or drum up a few quid for cash-strapped charities, the celeb doc gave "big hugs" to those happy to "retweet and support" his campaign.

"I gave evidence to the court about my mental health and personal circumstances over the last year but was ordered to pay libel damages and full indemnity legal costs incurred by her, which are substantial," he explained.

"I am considering an appeal and I am seeking to raise funds to help me to fight what is a most unfair situation."

Now I'm no doctor, but may I prescribe the Channel 4 star a healthy dose of "catch yourself on", as they say up North.

It's a widely available antidote for Christian's outbreak of rash online behaviour, symptoms of which include retweeting a false rumour about a married politician and then expecting others to pay for the boo-boo.

Asking for a dig out, the LGBTQ+ advocate highlighted all the amazing work he's done on issues from marriage equality to abortion rights and promised: "As these legal proceedings have involved issues close to my heart any monies raised surplus to the costs will be donated to relevant charities."

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As of yesterday morning, 93 donors had helped to raise £2,452 of the £150,000 goal.

With other replies including "GoFundYourself", however, it could be a case of 'physician, heal thyself'.

Being stung with what's believed to be the UK's biggest-ever Twitter defamation payout is a bitter pill to swallow for the campaigning medic. But no spoonful of sugar can make asking a public reliant on the country's creaking health service to pay for the mistake any more palatable.

Does he accept payment in claps?

One thing is for sure: Christian won't have to go on his most famous show - because his latest stunt is absolutely shameless.

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