"Horrible feeling": Michael and Kyly Clarke open up on daughter's harrowing asthma attack

"Horrible feeling": Michael and Kyly Clarke open up on daughter's harrowing asthma attack

Michael and Kyly Clarke have spoken of the distress they faced as new parents when their daughter Kelsey-Lee dealt with an unexpected health battle.

The former Australian cricket captain and his wife told A Current Affair of a night late last year when they had to rush Kelsey-Lee to hospital after the young girl suffered from an asthma attack.

“I said, I’m not going to wait for the ambulance, get in the car. Because I felt like I could get to the hospital quicker than the ambulance,” Michael recalled.

Kyly said the attack caught them by surprise. “She just couldn’t breathe properly,” Kyly said. “We weren’t confident parents because she’s our first born, she’s only young and you need to have time being a parent to be wise about these things and understand what they are.”

Kelsey-Lee is among the 2.7 million Australians who have asthma.

“You don’t wanna see your child in the hospital, it’s a horrible feeling,” said Michael.

Doctors said Kelsey-Lee could grow out of the condition.

Michael said he is now using Respiri, a digital device aimed to monitor those with asthma that has not yet been cleared by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

When asked what the future holds for the Clarke's, the 38-year-old father said he hoped to see “a healthy, happy little girl”.

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The couple tied the knot at the Wolgan Valley Resort in the Blue Mountains in May 2012. They welcomed their first child in November 2015.