Gemma Collins says dad's coronavirus recovery is best 40th birthday gift as she's inundated with designer packages
GEMMA Collins told fans her dad Alan's coronavirus recovery is the best 40th birthday gift as she's bombarded with designer presents.
The Towie legend will celebrate the milestone tomorrow and has been left in awe by the amount of packages she's been sent.
Reflecting on the occasion, she posted on Instagram: "As I approach turning 39+1 tomorrow I am reflecting on what an incredible life I have had so far I will deliver my full speech tomorrow but I am overwhelmed with the troves of gifts arriving I’m just so excited to open them all!
"I’ve seen Versace parcels Gucci parcels Chanel parcels so thank you I will find out who’s sent them tomorrow but the biggest gift of all is my dad who is recovering slowly and things are looking positive small steps but he’s getting stronger daily ! X 🙏🏻."
Alan was released from hospital this week after being seriously ill with the virus.
Speaking in her latest podcast, Gemma shared: "My dad comes home this week, so it's the best birthday I could wish for.
"Yes, I can’t have the party that was planned. I had arranged so many singers to come to a venue I booked last year.
"That's not going to happen but it doesn’t matter because my dad has survived Covid."
She continued: "They actually called my dad the miracle man in hospital.
"My dad is 73 and he's a very fit man, however Covid really ripped through my family and it was just so heartbreaking. It was so heartbreaking to see my dad fighting for his life."
Despite spending her special day in lockdown, the GC went on to reveal her exciting plans.
The Towie star added: "I've ordered myself a huge cake. The fact that I can sit with my dad eating cake on my birthday is absolutely priceless.
"I've ordered three large French fancies. They are my favourite cake in the whole wide world and Battenberg.
"I didn’t want to be too greedy. My birthday wish is just to be so happy with what I've got."
She later added: "I just want to wish for eternal happiness."
Sadly, Gemma's original plans for a 48-hour party were scrapped, which included "garage singers" and "every cuisine from around the world".
Meanwhile, Gemma was previously told her dad Alan "might not make it" after contracting the deadly bug alongside wife Joan.
It came after Gemma shared a heartbreaking snap of herself holding her dad's hand as he lay sick in hospital just before Christmas.
Opening up on her podcast, she said: "It literally tears you apart.
"Our house is not the same without my dad and it has been such a scary time because we just haven’t known how he was going to be. And if he was going to make it…
"There were moments where we all had to have the chat about you know what if dad doesn’t pull through."
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