Dame Barbara Windsor doesn't recognise herself amid Alzheimer's fight

EastEnders’ Dame Barbara Windsor is struggling to recognise herself following a marked decline in her health.

The star’s onscreen son Ross Kemp has launched a new documentary all about Alzheimer’s, after the Peggy Mitchell actress was diagnosed with the disease just six years ago.

And while discussing the programme on Good Morning Britain, the 55-year-old revealed his heartbreak after going to visit Dame Barbara before the pandemic.

He said to host Susanna Reid: ‘The nature of the disease is that she initially knew exactly who I was and in three minutes she turned to me and asked me who I was. Three minutes.

‘So you know, she looks at the pictures of her, her in her heyday on the wall, fantastic pictures of her incredible career and she goes, “who’s that lady?” And that is heartbreaking.’

During the show, Ross manages to catch up with Dame Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell, who spoke about potentially putting his wife into a care home.

Addressing his concerns, Ross said: ‘Yeah, if you look at Scott from the first episode that went out last week to the episode that goes out tonight, that covers from mid-February to today. You can see the impact that’s had on him.’

When asked about Scott’s plans to move Dame Barbara into care, Ross said: ‘I don’t think it’s even a may, I think sadly it’s going to happen and sooner than later.

‘There has been a mark decline in her health, this is a disease that has no cure.’

He added: ‘When it is first diagnosed, not only does it have an effect on that person but it goes across families and friends. It’s a social issue so onus is on the loved ones to care for them.’

Turning his attention towards the soap icon, he stated: ‘The last time I saw her was just before lockdown in February, but with the pandemic, I haven’t seen her, but I have been in contact with Scott.’

It comes after Scott said: ‘It’s the thing I’ve always feared.

‘He’s basically telling me I need to prepare myself that at some point it may not be sustainable to give her the kind of care she needs at the house.’

‘I’ve had some fairly dark moments since he said that because there’s a part of me that knows that most likely is the truth and that’s what needs to happen.’ The 57-year-old added. ‘There’s another part of me which can’t imagine letting her go.

‘I can’t imagine leaving that lady when she talks to me the way she does and putting her somewhere and her thinking, “Why has he done this to me?”’

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