Shane MacGowan has been visited by his former Pogues bandmates as he remains hospitalised.
Last Chrismas, the Fairytale of New York singer was hospitalised with life-threatening brain condition encephalitis, which has the potential to cause loss of movement and difficulty with speech.
In November, wife Victoria shared a photo of herself kissing her husband as he lay in hospital, sharing that she was beginning to face ‘terrifying feelings of loss.’
She has now shared another snap of her husband, looking frail but smiling in bed, and revealed his Pogues bandmates had been in to see him.
She gave a ‘massive thanks to everyone who has been messaging me and [Shane],’ before thanking Richard ‘Spider’ Stacy and Terry Woods, who played with The Pogues, for ‘coming to visit him’.
‘Love and prayers for everyone who is struggling right now. Hang in there,’ Victoria wrote.
In the photo accompanying the message, Shane looks up at the camera, braving a smile with a high-flow nasal cannula inserted to help assist with his breathing.
It comes days after Victoria shared her fear of losing a loved one in a thoughtful and heart-wrenching post to Instagram on Saturday, alongside an image of her and Shane kissing.
She wrote: ‘Love is the most beautiful and powerful thing that we can experience as humans but love can also feel painful especially if you are afraid of losing a person or anything else that you love.’
In a long and wide-ranging statement, she called for the need to ‘acknowledge and appreciate and accept’ every part of love, even the painful parts.
‘Sometimes when you love very deeply you will find yourself facing terrifying fears of loss that can feel so big and devastating that you don’t know how you can survive them and you can’t imagine life without this person that you love.’
The author, known for her spiritual beliefs and introspection, said she is working to ‘expand your consciousness beyond the limitations of your mind… discover more of who you really are and more of who your soul really is and more of your connection with this person who you love.
‘You might alternate between terror and a sense of peace,’ she wrote, adding ‘fear is an unknown place and this is what makes it so frightening.’
She finished: ‘Stay tuned in to love no matter what is happening in your world and keep inviting all of your angels and guides to support you and know that love is always the best choice.’
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