JO Whiley pulled out of her Radio 2 show this evening as she revealed her sister Frances is “very poorly” in hospital with coronavirus.
The BBC DJ said she felt “very scared” and was in no mood to be upbeat on the radio. Instead, pop star Will Young filled in for her.
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Jo Whiley revealed sister Frances is very ill in hospital with coronavirus
Writing on Twitter this evening, Jo posted: “I can’t do my @BBCRadio2 show this evening. My sister Frances is v poorly in hospital with Covid. I don’t feel shiny or happy tonight, I feel very scared.
“However I’ll be listening to @willyoung who I know will light up our kitchen in the depths of our darkness.”
Jo followed it with a tweet suggesting an oximeter – a finger device that monitors oxygen levels in the blood – helped her family learn how serious Frances’s condition was.
She wrote: “Ps. Things we’ve learnt. Get yourself an oximeter- they are vital for exposing dangerously low oxygen levels which you can have even though u feel fine with Covid. Contact your GP immediately if you have a loved one with LD & ask for your vaccine NOW!”
Susanna Reid sent her well wishes, writing: “Sending so much love and strength to Frances and to all of you.”
As did Nigella Lawson: “I so hope Frances pulls through soon. Sending you and her so much love.”
While Jason Manford commented: “Thinking of you.”
Frances has Cri du Chat, a genetic syndrome that is present from birth and causes delays to development.
Earlier this week Jo vented her fury after she was offered a Covid jab before her disabled sister.
The DJ, 55, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that it was ‘mind boggling’ she had been offered a vaccine before her sister Frances, 53, who has learning difficulties, diabetes and lives in a care home.
Jo previously revealed that she had been offered the coronavirus jab before her sister
It means Frances should get her jab as part of priority group six, ahead of sister Jo, whose age puts her in group eight.
Frances had previously lived at home, but Jo, said it became clear she needed to be in a home surrounded by people her own age and who have similar abilities.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Jo said she feels as though she has been “living through a nightmare”.
During the programme, presenter Simon confirmed that Frances had tested positive for Covid-19, after Jo revealed her younger sister was being tested daily at the facility.
Jo said: “It feels like it’s been a very long time for the vaccine to get to her and on Thursday night I got the call that I’d been dreading and there’s that saying they have about your blood running cold.
Frances has been living in a care home and Jo said the pandemic has taken a toll on her sister’s mental health
“We found out that Covid had hit their care home – there was an outbreak of Covid in the care home.
“She’d been due to come home and be with mum, and dad and that was not allowed. She has to stay where she is.”
Jo went on to explain that her sister is at risk from Covid and told how the family had “hoped her test was negative” and that everyone in the home would be ok.
She added that she found it hard to understand why her sister had not yet received the jab.
So far in the UK over 15 million people have received either the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab or the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, with over half a million having received a second dose.
People in care homes and their carers were at the top of the list when it came to the first rollout of vaccinations.
<div class="article-boxout"> <div class="article-boxout__header theme__background-color"> <h3 class="article-boxout__headline">What is cri du chat?</h3> </div> <div class="article-boxout__content theme__background-color-rgba-20"> <div>
It is a chromosomal condition that happens when a piece of chromosome 5 is missing.
Cri du chat gets its name from the characteristic cry in infants, it sounds similar to a mewing kitten.
This is due to problems with the larynx and nervous system, but is usually gone by the age of two.
Other symptoms include feeding problems, low birth weight, unusual facial features and cognitive disabilities.
The condition affects an estimated 1 in 50,000 and is more common in females.