A 39-year-old father, who was fit and healthy, recorded a “goodbye” video for his wife and child after contracting the deadly coronavirus.
Matt Dockray, who works in the live venues industry in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, had been unwell for three weeks and had a small cough, fever, and headache.
His health deteriorated day by day but he ignored everyone’s advice to stay at home.
He said: “The doctors asked if I had been to China and that was enough to disregard Covid-19 and for them to tell me that I may have a seasonal virus, but they gave me some antibiotics just in case.”
He started struggling to breathe and stay awake. Finally, his wife called 999 and he was rushed to a hospital.
Matt was told his lungs failed as the deadly virus spread throughout his body and he became critically ill.
Matt recorded the “goodbye” video for his wife and child from the intensive care while he was waiting to be put on a ventilator.
He said: “They were going to call my wife and family and explain that I would have to be put to sleep, and then put on a ventilator, as my lungs were failing and would be going into respiratory arrest.”
He advised everyone to stay at home and stop going out for any reason as the deadly virus is capable of killing even a healthy person.
Matt told to ‘stop being an idiot’ as he is seeing people saying goodbye to their family members through a glass window every day.
He said he wouldn’t wish this on any enemy and urged everyone to stay at home, to stop panic buying, and to stop risking loved ones.
Matt said: “I even recorded a video to my wife and child to say goodbye because at one point I nearly gave up due to the pain and the fear.”
He said the message is for those who are going out despite being warned about the deadly virus.
He concluded his message: “This is for those that need a kick in the arse to stay out the way – stop panic buying, stop risking loved ones – do as you’re told and let nature take its course.”
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