Jamie O'Hara heartbroken as his coronavirus-stricken dad is rushed to hospital and put on a ventilator
JAMIE O'Hara has been left heartbroken after his coronavirus-stricken dad Paul was rushed to hospital and put on a ventilator last night.
The footie pundit, 34, told his Twitter followers his dad has an underlying heart condition and he'd never seen him so poorly.
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Jamie tweeted: "Nothing is more important than family, had a massive scare today with my dad who’s been suffering from COVID and has heart problems, and is now in hospital on a ventilator, this virus is very real and is a killer I’ve never seen my dad so ill, please be careful #COVID"
The former Spurs star added: "Want to thank the amazingly quick response and help from 999 and first responders, who got to the house extremely fast and helped my dad plus helped calm me down on the phone when panicking, there under a lot of stress right now from speaking to them @Ldn_Ambulance xx"
Jamie's friends swiftly rallied around him, with Millwall FC star Matt Smith writing: "Send my love to Paul mate. He’s a legend! Hope he’s holding up ok."
Talksport presenter Max Rushden added: "oh mate. thinking of you and sending love x"
Jamie is extremely close to his dad, who was born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, after losing his mum Anne, 46, to cancer.
Anne passed away 16 years ago when Jamie was 17 years old and starting out at Tottenham.
In June last year, the former Celebrity Big Brother star paid a touching tribute to his surviving parent and shared sweet photos of him and Paul travelling the world together.
He said on Instagram: "Happy Father’s Day to the best man I know, been lucky enough to travel the world and try to experience everything Together with my dad, from West Hollywood to blue marlin Ibiza and even yachts in Dubai your my best friend my inspiration and the one person I trust my life with, love you Dad @paulohara57"
After his Celebrity Big Brother stint in 2017 Jamie revealed the loss of his mum had sparked a long fight with depression.
The reality star and footballer, who has three sons with ex-wife Danielle Lloyd, urged followers on Twitter to share their own stories stating he hoped to reach those “suffering in silence”.
Jamie wrote in some detail about his own struggles and shared them on the micro blogging site on Thursday in support of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017.
“I really struggled with depression for a number of years,” he began.
“I lost my mum at 17 and I never really dealt with the death until years later because I was so driven on becoming a professional footballer that I put it behind me,” he wrote.
“It affected every part of my life I would drink to much I would sleep all the time and I never interacted with anyone, I pushed everything away,"
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