Linda Lusardi admits near-fatal battle with Covid left children ‘needing therapy’

Linda Lusardi’s husband says he thought she was going to die

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Former Emmerdale actress Linda Lusardi, 62, was left at “death’s door” in March last year, after she was admitted to hospital with coronavirus. Her near-fatal experience with the illness was so severe that her children Lucy and Jack have had to have therapy to help them “process the stress”.

Both Lucy and Jack had a short patch of therapy

Linda Lusardi

Linda’s husband Sam Kane, was also treated in hospital after contracting Covid, and later developed pneumonia.

In a new interview, the star opened up about her ordeal saying: “It’s been horrible for everybody.

“My kids have had therapy (due to) the trauma of nearly losing both of us. Then we lost our dog.”

She added: “It’s a year you want to zip up in a suitcase and throw over the hill.”

The actress was put on oxygen and faced the prospect of being intubated, with one doctor saying they were “unable to guarantee” her survival.

Sam told the Loose Women panel last year that there was one point where he thought she had died, and Linda went on to explain that he still gets flashbacks of the fear he faced that she might not come home.

“I did think about therapy but I didn’t in the end,” she said.

“I got to talk about it a lot in interviews and I think it was actually worse for people around me because I didn’t realise how bad I was.

“I think my husband Sam should have some because he still gets flashbacks about me not coming home and the fear and trauma he went through thinking I wouldn’t make it.”

But she added: “Both Lucy and Jack had a short patch of therapy. They’re absolutely brilliant now.”

The former glamour model revealed it took her eight months to recover from the virus and she still struggles with tiredness.

She also wonders whether she has been left with liver damage, as she is left feeling ill after drinking alcohol.

She told Mail Online: “Since Covid I can’t drink. I can’t drink alcohol so it makes me wonder if I have slight liver damage.

“I just feel really ill about half an hour after I’ve drunk it… and I love my gin and tonics, my Prosecco.”

Linda admitted it’s “not worth feeling rough” as the sickness comes on “pretty instant”.

“I think, ‘Oh I’ve got a headache coming on’. It’s like a hangover,” she quipped.

“It’s lucky my party days are over. I would have been desperate in my 20s!”

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