THE devastated family of a 13-year-old coronavirus victim have paid tribute to their “loving son”.
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab died in King’s College Hospital in London on Monday after testing positive for the deadly disease.
Tragically, his mum and six siblings were not able to be by his side in his final moments because of the contagiousness of the killer virus.
It is the second tragedy to hit the family after Ismail’s dad recently lost his fight against cancer.
The heartbroken family have now paid tribute to the teenager, saying: “We are heartbroken as a family due to the devastation caused by the coronavirus as it becomes too real for us as a family and community.
“Ismail was a loving son, brother, nephew to our family and a friend to many people who knew him. His smile was heart-warming and he was always gentle and kind.
“We as a family are still trying to come to terms with the sudden death of Ismail. He leaves behind six siblings who are completely devastated and this has been made more difficult not being able to be with Ismail while he was in the hospital.”
The family, from Brixton, South West London, also urged Brits to follow government lockdown advice and stay at home to save lives.
They added: “Covid-19 is a virus that is attacking all members of our society, not just older people or those with pre-existing conditions.
“So please do everything you can to ensure that we adhere to social distancing; that people stay at home as much as they possibly can, to protect the NHS and save lives.”
Ismail’s loved ones have confirmed they will not be releasing a picture of the youngster.
A spokesperson told The Sun Online today how the “very healthy” teenager had first fallen ill on March 23 with Covid-19 symptoms.
Three days later, Ismail’s condition worsened and he was rushed to hospital where medics put him on a ventilator.
The spokesperson added: “On Friday he tested positive for Covid-19 and was put into an induced coma.
“He died on Monday 30 March at 3am from a cardiac arrest.”
Well-wishers have now donated more than £50,000 to Ismail’s heartbroken family on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for his funeral costs.
A statement on behalf of the family has been posted today on the fundraising page thanking Brits for their contribution.
They said: “The family is overwhelmed and grateful to all the donors and prayers, may Allah bless you and reward you all.”