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Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star Paddy Doherty vows to quit drinking after suspected heart attack 

'I've got to stop drinking, stop messing about, and enjoy my life the way I was enjoying my life'

Paddy speaking from his hospital bed

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star Paddy Doherty has vowed to give up drinking and embark on a healthier lifestyle after he was rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack

In a video recorded from his hospital bed, the 62-year-old said he "looked and felt 100 times better" after a shave and brushing his teeth.

In the clip, a breathless Paddy added that without the NHS for taking good care of him, “we wouldn't survive”.

“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.”

The former bare knuckle boxer channelled his inner Arnold Schwarzenegger as reassured fans he would "be back stronger", adding: "I wouldn't say I'm great, but I'm getting there."

He revealed: “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.”

Paddy has vowed to quit drinking

Paddy later vowed to "stop drinking and messing about" after "doing things in life I shouldn't do".

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," as he said he'd been drinking too much beer, and wasn't "respecting" his wife and family.

And he encouraged viewers to "think positive" and talk about their problems.

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.

It is just the latest health scare for the Celebrity Big Brother winner who wound up on oxygen after battling Covid and pneumonia, which "knocked him down for six".

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.

He described his brush with the virus as his "hardest fight ever".

Paddy, who in 2019 got the all-clear from prostate cancer, told a friend: "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."

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.

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.

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