Jo Whiley shares video of sister thanking hospital staff after coronavirus struggle

Jo Whiley and her sister Frances in 2009. (PA)
Jo Whiley and her sister Frances in 2009. (PA) (Empics Entertainment)

Jo Whiley has shared a video of her sister Frances thanking everyone who helped her as she suffered from coronavirus.

The Radio 1 DJ's 53-year-old sister – who has learning disabilities – has now been released from hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.

Whiley, 55, tweeted: "First of all, Frances would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who has helped her, especially the amazing doctors and nurses of the NHS, and her many MANY well-wishers.

"It’s hard to believe we’ve gone from discussing palliative care on Friday night to sitting on her favorite bench drinking cups of tea. It doesn’t end here though. Any LD carer will know have someone with demanding needs relying on you to keep them alive 24/7.

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"I hope the vaccine is reaching more and more of those with Learning Disabilities. Not everyone has been as lucky as us. So many have died or are suffering from long Covid because they were simply not protected. We need to show them that they are not forgotten and we care."

She shared a video of Frances giving two thumbs up and saying, "Thank you everybody."

Frances fell ill last week shortly after Whiley had spoken out to raise awareness about members of the Learning Disabled community not being in priority group six to receive the coronavirus vaccination.

Whiley revealed that as a result of contracting COVID-19 Frances was now facing complications with diabetes and blood pressure.

Jo Whiley poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards in London, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Jo Whiley is campaigning for all those in the Learning Disabled community to be offered the coronavirus vaccine as a priority. (AP) (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

She said: "Covid has brought with it further complications - we’re now dealing with worrying diabetes and blood pressure issues and my parents are exhausted beyond belief. It’s so hard observing from behind a visor and mask - helpless doesn’t come into it.

"They are being brilliantly supported but it’s the little things - Mum not being able to leave Frances’s side even for a much needed hot bath or to enjoy a night alone in bed. Frances’s needs are all consuming but returning to her beloved care home & friends is something she won’t entertain right now and to be honest we’d find it hard letting go of her."

Whiley is married to music executive Steve Morton and they have four children.

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