‘Healthy’ dad, 39, with coronavirus records ‘goodbye’ video to wife and child

A “healthy” dad left on the brink of death by coronavirus has begged Brits to “stay at home” and “not be idiots”.

Matt Dockray, 39, remains in intensive care after being infected with Covid-19 and is waiting to be put on a ventilator.

Doctors said his lungs had failed and left him critically ill as the deadly virus spread throughout his body, reports Yorkshire Live.

He has been left so close to death that he revealed he recorded a heartbreaking “goodbye” video to his wife and child.

Now, as the dad from Marlow, Bucks, waits to be put on a ventilator at an NHS hospital, he has issued an urgent message to Brits choosing to defy “stay at home” warnings.

Telling his story from his hospital bed, he said: "It gives me the opportunity to warn each and every one of you who thinks they are invincible, or who are breaching every bit of advice to go out for no reason

“On an hourly basis, I am watching the rooms marked with a laminated red rose – identifying those critical with Covid-19 – empty as their family say goodbye through the glass.

“For everyone who thinks they might just get a cough and mild symptoms, or who thinks they have had it so they will be fine, please don’t be an idiot.

“I wouldn’t wish this on any enemy. 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."

Matt, who works in the live venues industry, said he had initially been unwell for days at home before his wife rang 999.

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He said: “It has taken quite a while to write this post and I wanted to do so for one main reason.

“I’m currently in an intensive care unit and at one point was given a small window of survival, as my lungs are failing, and I now am waiting to be sedated and put on a ventilator.

“I have been ill for three weeks, from a small cough on the day I watched football at Wembley on 1 March, to chills, fever and headache as we opened our new venue in London.

“Day by day, I felt hungover and crap, but I carried on like a true hero, ignoring every bit of family advice.

“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.

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“I didn’t leave the couch for the next five days, and I was struggling to stay awake and breathe properly.

“It took two hours and still no answer from 111, and each day it got worse.

“Finally, my wife couldn’t listen to me anymore and called an ambulance.

“Within an hour, I was blue-lighted into a military operation, where doctors in hazmat suits told me that they thought I had Covid-19 – and that I was critically ill.

“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."

Concluding his message, he said: “Every word of encouragement equals a rescue breath to getting better.

“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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