A 13-year-old boy with no underlying health conditions is the youngest victim of the UK Coronavirus pandemic as COVID-19 deaths continue to increase in the country.
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab was admitted to a London hospital after breathing difficulties and died on Monday.
An online fundraiser by Madinah College, the Arab capital in the British capital, raised over £ 56,000 in donations to the boy's grieving family within a few days.
"Ismail was only 13 years old and had no health problems. Unfortunately, he died without family members nearby because COVID-19 was very contagious," says the donation side.
"At Madinah College, we would like to ask our brothers and sisters to make a generous donation to raise £ 4,000 for funeral expenses and to support the family, who unfortunately also lost their father to cancer," she added.
Madinah College said it was "overwhelmed" by the generosity of donors when the appeal path exceeded the original goal. It has been confirmed that any additional money goes directly to the family.
The student from Brixton, south London, showed symptoms of the coronavirus last week and was hospitalized after having trouble breathing. There he was tested positive for Covid-19 and then put into an induced coma, but never healthy again. "We are more than devastated. To our knowledge, he had no underlying health problems," said a family statement.
The London hospital expressed condolences to the family when it confirmed that the boy's death had been referred to the coroner. Dr. Nathalie MacDermott, clinical lecturer at King’s College London, said the death of the 13-year-old boy underscores the importance of the precautions needed to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
She said, "It is important that a coroner assess whether an autopsy is required to better understand the exact cause of death." Although underlying chronic diseases are known to produce poorer results in COVID-19 infections, we have heard of cases of younger people with no known medical problems who succumb to the disease. "
It is extremely rare for adolescents to become seriously ill after being infected with the coronavirus, with older patients and patients with underlying health conditions being considered the most at risk. News of the boy's death came the week Britain saw its largest daily increase in coronavirus deaths from 381 and a total of 1,789 deaths on Tuesday.