The family of the UK’s youngest coronavirus victim have urged people to ‘stay at home’.
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, from Brixton, south London, passed away at King’s College Hospital on Monday morning after being put into an induced coma.
His family paid tribute to a ‘loving son’ with a ‘heartwarming’ smile, while telling the public to listen to government advice ‘to protect the NHS and save lives’.
The young teenager had no known pre-existing health conditions and died alone due to isolation rules around the severely infectious virus.
The Mohamed family said: ‘Ismail started showing symptoms and had difficulties breathing and was admitted to Kings College Hospital. He was put on a ventilator and then put into an induced coma but sadly died yesterday morning.
‘To our knowledge he had no underlying health conditions. We are beyond devastated.’
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Mark Stephenson, a family friend, set up a GoFundMe page to cover the funeral costs, and tens of thousands of pounds has been donated, far exceeding the initial target of £4,000.
He wrote: ‘It is with great sadness to announce that the younger brother of one of our teachers at Madinah College has sadly passed away this morning (Monday 30th March 2020) due to being infected with Covid 19.
‘Ismael was only 13 years old without any pre-existing health conditions and sadly he died without any family members close by due to the highly infectious nature of Covid 19.’
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