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TV presenter Wendy Turner Webster said she had 48 hours to live after falling ill with the coronavirus. However, she believes the challenge has cured her major depression
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TV presenter Wendy Turner Webster has revealed that she has had 48 hours to live after falling ill with Covid. But she believes the traumatic ordeal has cured her lifelong major depression.
When Wendy, 54, lay critically ill in her hospital bed, she said she experienced an epiphany that caused her to reevaluate her entire life.
Speaking about the episode for the first time, she said: “Covid almost killed me and then it saved my life.
“I remember lying on the hospital bed and opening my eyes and there was white light everywhere. I sat up and my whole life changed.
“Before, I used to not be able to see any point in living, but everything suddenly makes sense. It’s like a light switch has been turned on.
“I drew a mental picture of a straight line in the sand, so that with my depression, the past is over and going forward, my life has just begun.”
The former Pet Rescue host, who is married to actor Gary Webster, suffered from depression at an early age, exacerbated by the death of Ruth’s sister when Wendy was 11 years old and a marriage violence in the past.
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She was on the maximum dose of antidepressants, but after Gary had a heart attack and they were bankrupt, homeless and in debt, after a business failed to pay him, depression Wendy’s feelings are getting worse and worse.
She recalls: “There was a time when I was so depressed that I did not dare to go out, because I thought that if I went near the railway, I would not come back.
“Those thoughts are a million miles away now. Thanks Covid, I finally understood life. I worry less, nothing feels worse.”
Wendy, sister of TV presenter Anthea Turner, fell ill with Covid in January 2021.
That month, Gary’s mother died of the virus while he was seriously ill. Their eldest son Jack, 22, caught him and Wendy fell ill.
Wendy, who had both the vaccine and booster, recalls: “After three days it hit me like a thunderclap, 24 hours later my breathing got worse. I had pneumonia six times and recognized the crack.
“The doctor gave me antibiotics but after two days the pain got worse.
“The doctor sent an oxygen monitor. I was told if my oxygen level reached 92 we had to call an ambulance. The first time I tested it was 92 and it dropped to the lows of the 80s. I realized that if I didn’t go to the hospital, I would die. “
She was given oxygen and was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia and covid.
Wendy said: “The doctors told me if I didn’t start to improve overnight, I would be put on a ventilator. They said if I hadn’t been hospitalized I would have died within 48 hours.”
After her three-day stay, she experienced her epiphany. As an atheist, she does not believe she has had any religious experience.
She said: “The mentor I spoke to about my depression said that most people who experience trauma have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But I have grown after the injury. You either fall into a slump or some people, like me, see it as the first day of the rest of their lives.”
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Wendy, who lives in West London with former Minder star Gary and their two sons Jack and Freddie, was hospitalized for 10 days and she was bedridden for six weeks after returning home.
“It was four months before I left home,” she said. She was left with Long Covid. Another symptom is severe reactive arthritis. And Wendy has also suffered more tragedies lately, with the death of her mother, Jean, at the age of 91.
But Wendy and Gary were on their own financially. He toured with Britt Ekland in the play The Cat and the Canary.
Wendy is filming a new documentary series for Together TV and My5, called Wendy Turner Viva The Farm Animals, filming secretly with vegan animal rights charity Viva!
“I feel like anything is achievable,” she said. Nearly losing my life gave me back the rest of my life.”
- Learn more about Wendy’s life at wendyturnerwebster.com
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/presenter-wendy-turner-reveals-covid-27076772 Host Wendy Turner Reveals 'Covid Almost Killed Her And Then It Saved Her Life'