Self-confessed vaccine sceptic, 34, who said 'if he could turn back time he ...

Self-confessed vaccine sceptic, 34, who said 'if he could turn back time he ...
Self-confessed vaccine sceptic, 34, who said 'if he could turn back time he ...

A self-confessed vaccine sceptic who said 'if he could turn back time he would' after he was admitted to hospital earlier this month with Covid has died with the virus at the age of 34.

Matthew Keenan told friends that he 'wished he had his jab' after he was hospitalised at Bradford Royal Infirmary and placed in an induced coma in a bid to save his life just two weeks ago.

Dr Leanne Cheyne, a respiratory consultant at the West Yorkshire hospital, shared a photo of him in an oxygen mask and hooked up to a ventilator as he fought for his life.

Urging others to 'grab a jab', she wrote: 'Matthew has agreed for me to share his story. 34, footie coach & dad. Self-confessed vaccine skeptic until he caught Covid. If he could turn back time he would. Our sickest patients are unvaccinated and under 40. Matthew is fighting for his life.. save yours.'

Mr Keenan, who was described as the 'life of the party', shared an image of his positive Covid lateral flow test on July 2. He said that the symptoms made him feel like he had been 'hit by a truck' after suffering from a fever and feeling 'freezing and red hot'.

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The Liverpool fan added that the back pain left him feeling 'the most poorly I have ever been and I feel like it's getting worse'. He ended the post saying he was 'in bits' and that 'Covid is real'.

Tragically, it was confirmed on Monday that Mr Keenan had died with the virus. In a touching tribute, his friend of more than 20 years Billy Brown said the world lost 'the kindest man'. 

Matthew Keenan told friends that he 'wished he had his jab' after he was hospitalised at Bradford Royal Infirmary and placed in an induced coma in a bid to save his life just two weeks ago

Matthew Keenan told friends that he 'wished he had his jab' after he was hospitalised at Bradford Royal Infirmary and placed in an induced coma in a bid to save his life just two weeks ago

Mr Keenan was a 'devoted dad, a fantastic friend, and an unbeatable coach'

Mr Keenan was a 'devoted dad, a fantastic friend, and an unbeatable coach'

Dr Leanne Cheyne, a respiratory consultant at the West Yorkshire hospital, shared a photo of him in an oxygen mask and hooked up to a ventilator as he fought for his life

Dr Leanne Cheyne, a respiratory consultant at the West Yorkshire hospital, shared a photo of him in an oxygen mask and hooked up to a ventilator as he fought for his life

As well as national case rates coming down, the latest regional data from the Government's coronavirus dashboard appears to show a decline or levelling off in every corner of England. Scientists still don't know what has caused the sharp fall, but suspect it may be several contributing factors

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As well as national case rates coming down, the latest regional data from the Government's coronavirus dashboard appears to show a decline or levelling off in every corner of England. Scientists still don't know what has caused the sharp fall, but suspect it may be several contributing factors

The 38-year-old added that 'grown men haven't stopped crying' since the news of Matthew's tragic death broke.

Mr Keenan was a 'devoted dad, a fantastic friend, and an unbeatable coach', Mr Brown said. He added: 'As he was getting more poorly, he said he wished he had gotten the jab. I can't believe he's gone, he was the most likeable lad I've ever met.

'Most people have one or two best friends, he had 20 best friends. He had the biggest heart and treated everyone like they were his family. There were not many like him. He loved to enjoy himself, he was the life and soul of every party. Many people will miss him.'

Mr Brown was left in tears after he learned of his friend's death this morning as he clung on to hope that he would still make it. He said that when he first caught the virus everyone believed Mr Keenan would get over it as he was a 'fighter and a survivor'.

Mr Brown added: 'We all thought it was Keenan, he'd get over this. Then he got put into a coma, and we were all praying for him. But we thought he was a fighter, a survivor.

Government dashboard data shows Covid case rates were highest among young adults and school-age children. But they were much lower among the over-80s. It is not yet clear which age group is driving the fall in cases

Government dashboard data shows Covid case rates were highest among

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