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I’m 39 but had a collapsed lung… it could be you, too

‘Terrifying’: Matt with his wife Mel

A CORONAVIRUS patient in his 30s has warned people not to ignore danger signs as he described in detail his symptoms and suffering.

Matt Dockray, from Marlow in Buckinghamshire, developed a cough after attending the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium a month ago — then discovered he had a collapsed lung.

The 39-year-old said his wife Mel called 999 when he ‘literally couldn’t get off the couch’. Doctors told him one lung had collapsed while the other ‘wasn’t doing great at all’.

His father Mike made a tearful televised plea last week for people not to ignore safety warnings and to stay home, saying: ‘If it can affect a 39-year-old strapping 6ft 4in guy, then it will affect them.’

Now Matt has spoken out, too, telling Sky News of his ordeal while praising NHS staff who helped him recover and taught him ‘how to breathe again’.

Mr Dockray described how his symptoms swiftly developed not long after watching his team Aston Villa, enduring a ‘real hacking cough to the point where you wanted to be sick’. He added: ‘Then you lose all sense of taste or smell and you get a really bad temperature. It’s definitely the worst I’ve ever felt with anything.’

Mr Dockray, who was discharged last week, told Sky News many fellow patients were ‘the same age as me’.

He said: ‘You’ve got no family with you, you don’t know what’s going on, no one can explain to you and you can’t hear people properly because they’re talking through masks. It was very, very terrifying.’

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