The Only Way Is Essex star Kelsey Stratford has had to pull out of filming for the upcoming Christmas special, as her younger sister has been taken into an intensive care unit after contracting coronavirus (COVID-19).
Kelsey's 8-year old sister Kennedy has a condition called SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), which results in the progressive weakening of muscles. She is currently being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Writing on her Instagram, Kelsey posted: "Life is so cruel. My little sister Kennedy got rushed into hospital yesterday and tested positive for COVID-19, we are all so heartbroken as Kennedy has severe breathing problems from her terminal illness SMA as it is. So this is very dangerous for her (life-threatening).
"Kennedy was high risk to COVID & we tried our best to shield her from this terrible virus but unfortunately because of her low immune system she caught it.
"She is in intensive care but really fighting like she always does, so I just need everyone to keep her in your prayers and hopefully she gets through this. My strong little girl she doesn't deserve any of this."
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Kelsey followed up with an Instagram Stories post saying that her sister was a "fighter" and she was confident that she would pull through.
She also stated that she has had to take a COVID test herself, and will need to isolate for two weeks, meaning she won't be able to film the reality show's festive episode.
The Only Way Is Essex airs on ITV Be.
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