Emma Samms thanks partner for 'kindness' during long COVID battle

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 February 2021
Emma Samms

Emma Samms

'Doctors' actress Emma Samms has thanked her partner, news anchor Simon McCoy, for his "kindness" amid her battle with long COVID

Emma Samms has thanked her partner for his "kindness" during her battle with long COVID.

The 'Doctors' actress has been experiencing coronavirus symptoms for a year, and she has praised news anchor Simon McCoy, admitting she will never be able to "thank him enough" for his support during her battle against the virus.

She said: "Every day is different, some good and some bad, ranging from shortness of breath and chest pain to extreme fatigue.

"Simon has been absolutely amazing, taking me to the hospital and waiting outside for hours, and just doing as much as he possibly could to help. He's given me emotional support, too; I'll never be able to thank him enough for his kindness."

As well as raising awareness of long COVID, the 60-year-old star is fundraising for the Southmead Hospital Charity – which raises money for the hospital and community health services in Bristol – by bringing together some of her former 'Dynasty' co-stars Stephanie Beacham, Maxwell Caulfield and Heather Locklear, among others, for a virtual reunion next month.

She added to HELLO! magazine: "Fighting Covid-19 is at the forefront of everyone's priorities, especially mine.

"These doctors are stars in their field and funded by their local hospital charity trust, not the Government. I thought: 'How can I help?' The feeling of helplessness is quite overwhelming when you're unwell, so I want to raise funds to support their work."

Emma recently admitted she is "really frustrated" by her condition, but feels fortunate not to have had a "much worse experience with COVID".

She said: "I'm aware I could've had a much worse experience with COVID, so even for me to have long COVID is better than someone who has little kids.

"I couldn't imagine looking after little kids and feeling this way."

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