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Kelsey Stratford has announced she's pulling out of The Only Way Is Essex as her eight year old sister battles coronavirus.
The reality star revealed that Kennedy, who has a life-limiting illness called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, was rushed to hospital and admitted into intensive care after being diagnosed with the deadly virus late last night, 15 November.
The 20 year old, who recently opened up on ending her feud with Chloe Brockett, has now taken to her Instagram stories to provide an update with her 121,000 followers.
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She wrote over a black background: "Thank you so much to all you kind people that have messaged me about my sister it means so much, it is so clear to see she is so loved by many & I will keep you all updated on how she's doing. [sic]
"Shes in the best place possible atm shes in intensive care in Great Ormand Street hospital, with amazing doctors, nurses& my parents looking after her and they dont ever leave her side… [sic]
"She is such a fighter and I know she can pull through this I just know it," followed by a pink heart emoji.
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The brunette beauty, whose co-star Chloe Brockett previously said she's not willing to make up with her after their explosive row, went on to explain she won't be on the popular ITV show for at least two weeks.
"Also I do have to self isolate for 2 weeks now& I have done a covid test today for people asking," [sic] she said alongside a pink heart emoji.
"And that does mean I will not be filming for the @TOWIE Christmas ep," [sic] followed by another pink heart emoji.
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Kelsey then shared a screenshot of a Facebook post written by her father Paul Mercer explaining that with Kennedy's existing medical condition, she's finding it difficult to breathe and even talk.
Sharing a photo of his little girl on a hospital bed, he wrote: "Im truly heart broken. My Kennedy has Covid-19 and needing intensive care. She is in route to gosh. [sic]
"Now think covid isn't real??? she has blood on her lungs and can no longer speak. [sic]
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"Ill save the anger until later as at the moment I'm angry at myself for not stopping this. [sic]
"Covid 19 has hit her hard, it is only day 2 and already in intensive care. We will need all positive prayer and thoughts that exist. I love my baby!" [sic]
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