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Jackie ‘O’ Henderson gives update on ex Lee’s health after rare heart side effect of Covid vaccine

Jackie ‘O’ Henderson has revealed her ex-husband Lee is still struggling after he suffered an adverse reaction to his Covid vaccine.

Lee, who was married to Jackie for 18 years, was recently hospitalised with an extremely rare heart complication following his second Pfizer jab. 

‘He’s not good at all, actually,’ Jackie, 46, told her co-host Kyle Sandilands on Tuesday’s Kyle And Jackie O Show.   

‘He’s not good at all’: Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, 46, (right) gave an update on her ex-husband Lee’s (left) health on Tuesday’s Kyle And Jackie O Show, after he was hospitalised with rare heart complication as a side effect of his second Pfizer jab 

‘He’ll probably die, will he?’ Kyle joked. 

‘He won’t die. You, know. No one’s dying from that side effect,’ Jackie scoffed. 

Kyle joked that Lee, who shares ten-year-old daughter Kitty with ex-wife Jackie, will use his illness to get out of his shared parenting duties.  

'He'll milk it from you': Co-host Kyle Sandilands (pictured) joked that Lee, who shares ten-year-old daughter Kitty with ex-wife Jackie, will use his illness to get out of his shared parenting duties

‘He’ll milk it from you’: Co-host Kyle Sandilands (pictured) joked that Lee, who shares ten-year-old daughter Kitty with ex-wife Jackie, will use his illness to get out of his shared parenting duties

‘He’ll milk it from you too… oh s**t yeah, I would if I was him. I’d be like, “Oh I’m too sick to have [Kitty] again this weekend. Oh, I won’t be able to take her this weekend”,’ Kyle mused.  

‘No, I don’t think so, giggled Jackie, adding: ‘He’s not that kind of dad!’ 

Jackie explained that she’d offered to give Lee her full support during his recovery. 

'Whatever you need. I'm here': Jackie explained that she'd offered to give Lee her full support during his recovery. Jackie is pictured with daughter Kitty, 10, who she shares with Lee

‘Whatever you need. I’m here’: Jackie explained that she’d offered to give Lee her full support during his recovery. Jackie is pictured with daughter Kitty, 10, who she shares with Lee 

‘I said, ‘Listen, whatever you need. I’m here. You know?” Jackie explained. 

Kyle joked: ‘Oh, well there’s your mistake right there! You should have just said, “listen, a**hole. It’s your go! No matter what, it’s your go”.’

Lee, a photographer from England, experienced the same complication as Seven News reporter Denham Hitchcock, who was hospitalised last month with pericarditis – a rare condition when the sac-like tissue surrounding the heart becomes inflamed. 

Health scare: Lee, a photographer from England, experienced the same complication as Seven News reporter Denham Hitchcock, who was hospitalised last month with pericarditis - a rare condition when the sac-like tissue surrounding the heart becomes inflamed

Health scare: Lee, a photographer from England, experienced the same complication as Seven News reporter Denham Hitchcock, who was hospitalised last month with pericarditis – a rare condition when the sac-like tissue surrounding the heart becomes inflamed 

While he’s yet to publicly comment on his condition, Jackie told NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on The Kyle And Jackie O Show last Friday that Lee had been hospitalised and was ‘in a bad way’.

‘You’d be aware what has happened to Denham Hitchcock, and my ex-husband has had the same thing. He’s been in hospital and really, really in a bad way after the second Pfizer,’ Jackie said on her radio program. 

Jackie added that it was ‘up to [Lee] to report’ his adverse reaction to the Covid-19 vaccine because the hospital doesn’t automatically do it.

'A bad way': While he's yet to publicly comment on his condition, Jackie told NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured)  on the Kyle And Jackie O Show last Friday that Lee had been hospitalised and was 'in a bad way'

‘A bad way’: While he’s yet to publicly comment on his condition, Jackie told NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured)  on the Kyle And Jackie O Show last Friday that Lee had been hospitalised and was ‘in a bad way’  

Ms Berejiklian, who was a guest on the KIIS FM breakfast show, said she wasn’t aware of Lee’s condition but emphasised that health authorities do put out a statement whenever someone has an adverse reaction to the jab. 

Jackie, who received the AstraZeneca vaccine, acknowledged that in many cases doctors aren’t ‘a hundred per cent sure’ pericarditis is caused by the jab.

She also stressed that she is ‘pro-vax’.  

Former couple: The former couple amicably separated in late 2018 and are understood to have recently finalised their divorce. Lee is not believed to have any underlying health conditions

Former couple: The former couple amicably separated in late 2018 and are understood to have recently finalised their divorce. Lee is not believed to have any underlying health conditions

Lee is not believed to have any underlying health conditions. He is a martial arts enthusiast who is known to keep fit and active.

Jackie and Lee amicably separated in late 2018 and are understood to have recently finalised their divorce.  

Lee’s side effect comes after Denham Hitchcock, a father of one, was hospitalised and diagnosed with pericarditis – inflammation of sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart – after he rolled up his sleeve for a Covid vaccine on the Gold Coast. 

Making headlines: Lee's side effect came after Denham Hitchcock (pictured), a father of one, was hospitalised and diagnosed with pericarditis - inflammation of sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart - after he rolled up his sleeve for a Covid vaccine on the Gold Coast

Making headlines: Lee’s side effect came after Denham Hitchcock (pictured), a father of one, was hospitalised and diagnosed with pericarditis – inflammation of sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart – after he rolled up his sleeve for a Covid vaccine on the Gold Coast 

Pericarditis and Pfizer – how rare is the side effect?

Australia’s medicine regulator TGA has been notified of 50 cases of pericarditis as a result of 3.2million Pfizer doses – a rate of 1 in 64,000 

 In the UK, the latest data found for every 1million Pfizer jabs there were 3.8cases of pericarditis – a rate of 1 in 263,157

Men and teenagers under the age of 30 are most at risk of the rare side-effect after their second dose of Pfizer

Professor Jason Kovacic, the Executive Director of the Victor Change Cardiac Research Institute, said pericarditis was ‘generally a mild, short-lived illness’ 

He said the risks of getting heart conditions as a result of Covid are much higher than Pfizer 

‘The risk of having some form of heart complications if you contract Covid-19 is about 1000 times higher at ~5-10%,’ he said.


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