A BRADFORD doctor has issued a stark warning after one of her patients wished he could “turn back time” after being left fighting for his life by Covid-19.

Dr Leanne Cheyne, a respiratory consultant at Bradford Royal Infirmary, shared a photo of her patient Matthew Keenan who was hooked up to a full face oxygen mask in his hospital bed, on Sunday.

Dr Cheyne said: “Matthew has agreed for me to share his story. 34, footie coach and dad.

“Self-confessed vaccine sceptic 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.”

The patient, Matthew Keenan, aged 34, is a father to young children and is from Bierley.

He shared an image of his positive Covid-19 lateral flow test on his Facebook page on July 2.

Football-mad Mr Keenan, who is a member of Sunday League side Station Hotel, said in the post it was “just his luck” he would test positive ahead of England’s quarter-final match against Ukraine, and that he felt “poorly, and I mean poorly”, as well as including the hashtag #CovidIsReal.

He said that he was suffering from a fever, feeling “freezing and red hot” and also that he had major back pain from the virus, and said it was “the most poorly I have ever been and I feel like it’s getting worse”.

Just a few days later he was watching the football on his phone in hospital after his condition had deteriorated further, but said he was “overwhelmed” with the number of messages of support he had received and he was in “the right place to be fixed”.

All adults who have not yet had their Covid-19 vaccine are being urged to book it as soon as possible to give themselves protection against the virus, and those who have already had their first jab are being reminded to make sure they get their second dose.