A ten-year-old boy with underlying health conditions including epilepsy has become one of the youngest to die from coronavirus in Britain.
Fehzan Jamil, from Bradford, died at the Royal Bradford Infirmary yesterday after falling ill with Covid-19.
His parents, Tayyaba and Mohammed, told Channel 4 News that their son suffered from epilepsy and a number of other underlying health conditions.
In an interview to be broadcast tonight, they said he was a “really brave fighter, he was a soldier”. It is not known when or how he became ill with the deadly virus.
His father Mohammed said: “There were four of us, now there are only three. The pain is indescribable.
Fehzan Jamil (pictured), from Bradford, died at the Royal Bradford Infirmary yesterday after falling ill with Covid-19
Her mother Tayyaba added, “I just can’t describe our loss. Everything seems empty now.
The family tried to protect Fehzan as best they could during the pandemic, knowing that his health issues left him vulnerable.
“We tried to keep Fehzan at home as much as possible. And no one entered the house without a mask. We did our best to keep him safe, but somehow Covid contacted him, ”she said.
Fehzan had been treated at the Royal Bradford Infirmary “for many years” and the family said staff left them by his side as he died. He received a Muslim burial on the very day of his death.
Fehzan had been treated at the Royal Bradford Infirmary “for many years” and the family said staff let them stay by his side as he died (file image)
Tayyaba said, “All the staff were very nice to us. They have known Fehzan for many years now and have always taken care of him. They let us be by his side when he died. It meant a lot.
When Fehzan first entered the hospital, the family were not worried as they were used to his trips to the hospital. “But this time turned out different, he never came home. Covid took it from us, ”Mohammed said.
Fehzan is believed to be one of the youngest victims of the pandemic. A 12-year-old child died in June, a 13-day-old baby died on June 18, and an 11-year-old boy died in April.