Jo Whiley says it’s been the ‘worst week of her life’ as disabled sister battles Covid in hospital

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JO Whiley says it has been the “worst week of our lives” as her sister, who has a learning disability and diabetes, battles Covid in hospital.

The Radio 2 DJ, 55, said her younger sister Frances Whiley, 53, had been offered a vaccine on Saturday but it was “too late” and she is now “fighting for her life” – while she struggles to understand what is going on.

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Jo Whiley’s sister, left with the Radio 2 DJ, is battling Covid in hospital[/caption]

She revealed: “It has been the worst week of our lives without a shadow of a doubt.

“24 hours ago we were talking palliative care… we are seeing her oxygen levels rise so at the moment, we’ve got hope.

“When she was at the hospital, she was so terrified that she actually rampaged through the hospital and people couldn’t contain her.

“Security guards had to be involved, they had to restrain her.”

It comes after Jo questioned why she was offered the vaccine before her sister, who has the rare genetic syndrome Cri du Chat.

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Jo said this has been ‘the worst week of our lives’ as her sister is now ‘fighting for her life’[/caption]

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Jo has questioned why she was offered the vaccine before her sister, who has a learning disability and diabetes[/caption]

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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.