A TEACHER who refused his Covid vaccine was left “staring death in the eyes” after being admitted to hospital for nine days after contracting the virus.
Abderrahmane Fadil said he “felt well at the time” he was offered his jab, so didn’t bother booking an appointment.
🔵 Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates
The 60-year-old from Bradford was offered his vaccine in February when people aged 60 and over were called.
He said: “The invite for the jab came and I was a little hesitant as I was so well at the time.
“I was a bit reluctant and just thought I’ll hold my horses and maybe get it later”.
Mr Fadil, who lives with his wife, Khadija and two young sons, Rayan, nine and Aryan, seven said he never really believed he would get Covid – or that it would make him so ill.
He is now urging people to get their vaccine after he was admitted to hospital “gasping for breath”.
‘NOT A JOKE’
“Refusing the jab was the biggest mistake of my life. I would go to hell and back now to get the vaccine.
“Covid is not something to be played with. It’s not a joke. The vaccine is a life-saver for mankind. It’s vital to survive so please do not hesitate to get it as I did.”
Mr Fadil spent nine days on a Covid ward at Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
He added: “When I was brought in, I was gasping for breath and my temperature had soared. I was very frightened.
“My little boys were crying; they have cried every day when ‘FaceTiming’ me. I’ve just kept trying to reassure them that daddy won’t die and he’ll be home soon but at times I wasn’t sure.”
Mr Fadil said that he has family all over the world who travelled to see him, but that they were unable to visit and instead he said, they prayed for him.
Mr Fadil had previously lived in London where he studied medicine and forensic science.
He then moved to the North of England where he trained as a teacher.
He currently teaches a number of subjects, including science, in West Yorkshire.
Across Bradford, where Mr Fadil lives, over half a million people have had their Covid jab.
Government data shows that 312,667 people in the area have had a first dose of their vaccine, and 231,190 people have had a second.
Vaccine uptake has been growing in the area since the start of the year.
Mr Fadil said the NHS in Bradford saved his life and that once he is fully recovered, he would like to volunteer to help out.
Respiratory Consultant Tanveer Khalid, part of the team responsible for Mr Fadil’s care said: “Mr Fadil has been very lucky. He was extremely poorly when he was admitted and needed life-saving CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy.”
He added that while he was pleased Mr Fadil was back home, he hoped people would listen to his message and get the vaccine.
Mr Fadil said: “The majority of very sick Covid patients we have on our wards are here because they have refused the vaccine.
“We have other poorly patients on the wards, who have had their Covid vaccine but they have been brought into hospital due to other conditions and it is those other conditions making them ill, not Covid.
“This proves the vaccines are working. I’m appealing to everyone; anyone over 18 can now get the jab. Please go and get it. It could save your life.”