Jo Whiley provides update on her sister’s battle with Covid
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Broadcaster Jo Whiley, 55, beamed with glee as she told listeners of her Radio 2 show that her younger sister Frances, would be getting the Covid vaccine this weekend. She had previously told of her worries over her sibling’s health after she was admitted to hospital with symptoms of the illness last month.
It has been a long time coming
Frances has a rare genetic syndrome called Cri du Chat and according to PA, tested positive for the virus last month, after an outbreak at her care home.
The condition along with her learning disabilities, mean she is in the vulnerable category yet 55-year-old Jo was offered the vaccine before her.
Taking to the airwaves, the DJ didn’t hesitate to question the vaccine call, but in the end suggested it was down to her being classed as Frances’ carer.
But she remained vocal about the situation as she didn’t want others in society being “overlooked”.
Nevertheless, her worries will be put to bed as she spoke of her family’s happiness and excitement that Frances will finally receive her dose in coming days.
She said on her show: “My sister gets her vaccination this coming weekend.
“It has been a long time coming.”
She added: “You have to wait a month after you have had Covid but it finally comes this weekend so we could not be happier about that as well.”
Before they received the good news, the family were forced to discuss “end of life scenarios” at one point, as Frances’ health took a dramatic turn.
After her hospital admission with the virus, her symptoms worsened, leaving her loves ones with a tough decision to make.
“It’s been hellish, it’s been awful, unbearable,” Jo admitted during a recent appearance on Channel 4.
She revealed that all six residents that Frances lives with had also contracted the illness, as well as their carers.
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Sadly, one of her sister’s friends passed away from the deadly virus back in February, following an “awful battle”.
“When we got to the point, I think it was at 3.30am, that we were discussing ventilation and seeing whether that was an option or not and then discussing end of life scenarios,” Jo explained.
“I couldn’t believe it. My mum couldn’t believe it.”
Luckily, having to make those tough decisions never came as Frances made a miraculous improvement.
Jo beamed as spoke of her sister’s recovery: “It’s just so amazing to hear her voice again, to hear this incredibly robust, loud, noisy sister that I’ve grown up with all my life, bellowing down the phone to me once again is the best sound in the world.
“She’s doing good and we’re in a place that, five days ago, I never thought we’d be. We thought it was all over.”
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