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Cool FM's Rebecca McKinney on recovering from life-threatening sepsis and how the experience changed her

Cool FM's breakfast show presenter Rebecca McKinney (33) tells Claire O'Boyle about her terrifying health scare, working from home and why lockdown has proved a blessing

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Rebecca McKinney

Rebecca McKinney

Rebecca McKinney with her brother James McKinney

Rebecca McKinney with her brother James McKinney

Rebecca McKinney at home working

Rebecca McKinney at home working

Rebecca McKinney

Rebecca McKinney

Rebecca McKinney & mum Valerie

Rebecca McKinney & mum Valerie

James McKinney (brother) of Rebecca  and John McKinney (dad)

James McKinney (brother) of Rebecca and John McKinney (dad)

Rebecca McKinney

Isolating at home through the coronavirus outbreak, radio presenter Rebecca McKinney is taking lockdown as a blessing. Because even before the extraordinary impact of the pandemic began to take its toll on the rest of us, her life had already been turned on its head.

Diagnosed with life-threatening sepsis back in February, the 33-year-old was rushed to hospital where medics battled to save her, even ruling out coronavirus as a cause of her worrying symptoms.

"I had just come back from a weekend away in Manchester," recalls Rebecca, who presents Cool FM's breakfast show alongside Pete Snodden and Paolo Ross.