Critical Jade Goody gathers family to bid adieu

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 05, 2009 15:02 hrs

Terminally ill British reality TV star Jade Goody has bid goodbye to her friends and family as she now has "only a short time to live".

The Jade Goody special! reported that those close to the cancer-stricken Big Brother star say the next 24 hours are critical in assessing how long she has left.

"It's heartbreaking to see Jade like this, she's such a brave girl. She really needs to be surrounded by her friends and family at this time," said a close friend.

Goody's mother, Jackiey Budden, 50, spent around 30 minutes with her daughter.

The star, 27, wants to be baptised in her bed at the Royal Marsden Hospital and is considering withdrawing from the public eye after being told "enough is enough", the website added.

The Jade Goody special!

"We're hoping and praying that Jade (Goody) pulls through, but the fact of the matter is that she now only has a short time to live," said her publicist and close friend Max Clifford.

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