TOWIE’s Kelsey Stratford ‘heartbroken’ as younger sister rushed to intensive care with coronavirus

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The Only Way Is Essex star Kelsey Startford has revealed that her eight-year-old sister Kennedy has been rushed to hospital and is in intensive care as she battles coronavirus.

The reality star’s younger sister has a life-limiting illness called Spinal Muscular Atrophy so already had problems with her breathing.

The 19 year old revealed that her sibling was now in intensive care after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

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Posting a series of snaps to her 120k followers the star explained that her family was “heartbroken”.

She wrote: "Life is so cruel. My little sister kennedy got rushed into hospital yesterday and tested positive for COVID19, we are all so heartbroken as kennedy has severe breathing problems from her terminal illness SMA as it is.

"So this is very dangerous for her ( life threatening).”

The TOWIE newbie then continued: “Kennedy was high risk to covid & we tried our best to shield her from this terrible virus but unfortunately because of her low immune system she caught it.

“She is in intensive care but really fighting like she always does, so i just need everyone to keep her in your prayers and hopefully she gets through this my strong little girl she doesn’t deserve any of this”.

Back in September the star broke down about her sister’s illness on the show, explaining that Kennedy’s twin brother passed away from the same condition when he was just a baby.

Kelsey said: “She's got a disease called SMA, it paralyses her from the neck down but her brain is completely normal.

"She's eight but the doctors did tell us she would only live up to 18 months old, she needs 24 hour care.

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"Since I was 12 I have basically cared for her, helped my mum."

She also revealed how the family had to go to extreme lengths to keep Kennedy safe from coronavirus.

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The 19 year old explained: "In lockdown it was really hard for us, for three months I couldn't leave the front door – I still haven't even kissed her, it's been six months. It's scary.

"I did have a little brother who had the same disease as well but he passed away at four months."

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