Ricky and Ghislaine Kennedy from Westcliff.

By Lucy Ashton

A Dumbarton man and his wife went on national television this morning with a stern warning to millions of viewers – “Don’t bite your nails or it might kill you.”

Church worker Ricky Kennedy told the world how his wife, Ghislaine, had saved his life and thanked her for it.

Ghislaine spotted immediately that Ricky was in danger when he became delirious at their home in Westcliff.

She called the doctor who spotted straight away that Ricky was suffering from sepsis – blood poisoning – and he was rushed to the RAH in Paisley before being transferred to the infectious diseases unit at the QE2 Hospital in Glasgow.

Ricky, who plays the guitar, and Ghislaine, who sings solo and with the All Sorts choir at St Augustine’s Episcopal Church in the High Street, are well known fund-raisers in the community.

The couple, who were flown down to London for the TV interview with Eamonn Holmes and his wife, Ruth Langsford, on the Good Morning show on ITV.

Thumbs up now – but things looked really bad for Ricky.

Ricky, 57, said that he and his brothers had a bad habit of biting their nails and that one day he had bitten too far into his thumbnail and caused it to bleed.

It became infectious and this refused to shift even when he was placed on a course of antibiotics.

The infection spread up his arms and into his shoulders. He felt terrible and collapsed into his bed and was fortunate that Ghislaine came home, found him delirious and called the doctor.

He said: “I was in so much pain. I thought I was having a heart attack and that I was going to die.”

Although he is now in recovery mode, Ricky, who has diabetes faces further surgery and remains in severe pain around his collarbone.

That won’t stop him and Ghislaine taking part in yet another concert when the winter season kicks off at the church, where £30,000 has been raised for a sepsis charity.

Ghislaine said: “We would like to thank the Christian community in Dumbarton for all their prayers, help and support.”

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Ricky and Ghislaine appear on Good Morning with Eamonn Holmes and his Ruth Langsford and Dr Raj, the television doctor. Pictures by Bill Heaney

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