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virus fears Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick thought he was 'going to die' during second Covid-19 battle

Fitzpatrick first battled the virus last March but caught it once again a few weeks ago, on the exact day that he received a text offering him a vaccine.

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Noel Fitzpatrick with Cocker Spaniel Cookie (Channel 4/PA)

Noel Fitzpatrick with Cocker Spaniel Cookie (Channel 4/PA)

Noel Fitzpatrick with Cocker Spaniel Cookie (Channel 4/PA)

Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick has revealed that he thought he was going to die after catching Covid-19 for a second time.

The Laois-born veterinary surgeon first battled the virus last March but caught it once again a few weeks ago, on the exact day that he received a text offering him a vaccine.

The 53-year-old urged viewers to “be careful” and “be respectful” as the UK begins to move out of lockdown.

“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. It was really tough. I was paralysed with muscle and joint pain," he told ITV’s This Morning.

“Just as a warning to everybody out there, just be careful. Be respectful. We’re not out of this thing yet. We’ve got to pull together because we’re all in it together.

“We’re coming out of lockdown now but please be careful because having gone through Covid and thinking I was going to die,” continued the Surrey-based vet.

Fitzpatrick, whose practice became the subject of Channel 4’s The Supervet, admitted that he has found lockdown tough but it has been made more bearable having pets by his side.

He shares his home with border terrier Ciara and cats Ricochet and Excalibur, who often accompany him to his vet clinic.

He encouraged those struggling with their mental health to consider adopting a furry friend if they have the means to care for them.

He said: “When I was lying in bed four weeks ago and I thought I was going to die, when Ricochet held my hand or when Ciara looked up at me, I felt like I wanted to keep going.

“For those who get out there every day and walk their dogs and it gives them mental wellbeing, I cannot encourage you enough to get a wonderful animal friend.

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