Benefits mum-of-eight left fighting Covid in hospital leaving kids on their own

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A mum-of-eight has been forced to leave her kids at home after she was rushed to hospital with Covid-19.

Marie Buchan, 39 – dubbed "Octomum" for her large family – tried self-isolating in her bedroom and left her children to fend for themselves.

But as the former lap dancer's conditioned worsened with coughing, vomiting and nose bleeds, one of her daughters called an ambulance for her on Saturday night.

Marie's spokesman Barry Tomes said: "Marie has been really suffering with Covid-19.

"She had locked herself in her bedroom to protect her kids who are in the house but on Saturday night she went down hill.

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"Her daughter was really worried so called an ambulance and paramedics wanted to take her to hospital but she refused because she didn't want to leave her kids.

"Later on her condition got worse so an ambulance came and took her to hospital where she is now on a drip."

Marie, who receives £500 in benefits every week equating to around £26,000 a year for her family, previously said she was going through "a complete nightmare".

Speaking from her home in Weoley Castle, Birmingham, she said: "I feel absolutely awful.

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"I started getting a sore throat and was breathless last Saturday but I didn't think it was Covid at first.

"As a precaution I rang my doctor who advised me to get a test which I did on the Monday and it came back positive.

"Since then I've been isolating in my bedroom upstairs. Over the last few days I have gradually got worse and worse.

"As well as the sore throat and breathlessness I've had awful coughing fits but also had several nose bleeds.

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"My eldest daughter Tia is 18 but she's also self-isolating after getting symptoms.

"My children are downstairs and it's horrible because I can hear the youngest one crying for me but I just can't risk any of them catching it so I have to stay in my bedroom.

"The older children have really stepped up and I'm so proud of them."

Marie lives with Tia, 18, Leah, 17, Latoya, 15, Joshua, 14, Alisha, 12, Mikayla, 11, Amelia, eight, and seven-year-old Olivia.

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She hit the headlines when she appeared on TV on the Channel 5 show Benefits Britain: Life On The Dole in 2016, in which she claimed to work 21-hour days looking after her kids.

Last year she saved up for a boob job through car boot sales and part-time work to cover the boob op rather than dip in to her benefits.

Sparking more controversy just before Christmas, Marie announced plans to jet off to Spain because she "needed a break".

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