EastEnders’ Tony Clay thanks the NHS for saving his dad’s life after nine week coronavirus battle – The Sun

EASTENDERS star Tony Clay has praised doctors for saving his dad’s life after he spent four weeks on a ventilator while battling coronavirus.

The 28-year-old actor – who is best known for playing Callum Highway on the BBC One soap – thanked medical staff as his dad returned home from hospital this week.

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Taking to Twitter, Tony wrote: "After 4 weeks on a ventilator in intensive care, a tracheostomy & a 9 week stay in 3 different hospitals, today my Dad is finally home!! Red heart THANK YOU NHS!!!

"You are true angels & I love you all 🙌🏽 So much love to anyone going through this right now. There is hope 🙏🏽."

Fans were overjoyed by the news, as Tony's soap co-stars rushed to comment their support.

Tamzin Outhwaite wrote: "Tony you gorgeous man, that is wonderful news… your tweet made me cry. Wish I could give you a massive hug. Sending you and the whole family so much love."



Whitney Dean actress Shona McGarty added: "Awwww Tony I’m so happy that’s fantastic news! X sending you a massive virtual hug, and so much love to the family xxxx."

Milly Zero said: "The best news. X."

The coronavirus death toll in the UK continues to increase with another 363 fatalities, bringing the current fatality rate to 35,704.

Meanwhile, officials have said the crucial virus "R" infection rate may have risen over the last week.


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Tony and his co-stars are currently on a break from filming after production was halted on the BBC show due to the pandemic.

BBC boss Charlotte Moore announced plans to restart production earlier this month.

Moore wrote in The Telegraph: "We've been looking carefully at how we can safely put some of our shows back into production, and I'm pleased to announce that we plan to begin filming again on both EastEnders and Top Gear by the end of June.

"We're also exploring ways to restart shooting on dramas and other major BBC shows."

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