Susanna Reid fights back tears over heartbreaking death of 13-year-old coronavirus victim
SUSANNA Reid fought back tears on Good Morning Britain today over the heartbreaking death of a 13-year-old coronavirus victim.
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, from Brixton, South West London, was rushed to King's College Hospital in London after suffering breathing difficulties and his family said he passed away without his mum or six siblings by his side due – to the contagiousness of the disease.
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Susanna, 49, who is a mother to three teenage boys, steadied her voice as it cracked with emotion while talking about Ismail's death.
She turned to ITV's resident medic Dr Hilary Jones and said: "Dr Hilary. I think the death of anyone from this is a tragedy.
"A death of a 13-year-old boy whose family couldn't be with him by his bedside, I think has just caused heartbreak among the whole nation and concern that this isn't just effecting those with underlying conditions it is now hitting children who are healthy."
And Dr Hilary replied: "It can effect anyone of any age and that's what we need to wake up to and that's why all of us need to adhere to the strict guidelines for people.
"We've not hit the peak yet, this is going to get worse before it gets better."
A hospital spokesman confirmed Ismail, who tested positive for COVID-19, passed away on Monday.
A statement released on a GoFund Me page set to cover the cost of his funeral 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."
Family friend Mark Stephenson, director at the Madinah College in Brixton, said the youngster had no underlying health conditions.
Later on GMB, Susanna then shared her anger over the lack of testing in the UK.
She was clearly seething when she said: "I hear the government say 'we are ramping up testing…'"
She added: "They have got to be honest and transparent and explain why these things are not happening rather than saying one thing at the podium when people in hospitals are experiencing something completely different."
The presenter added: "That is what gets in the way of trusting the government."
And Dr Hilary told viewers: "I think we were slow. South Korea acted quickly and efficiently. Here we reacted slow. There was a mass panic but then every other European country were ahead of us and ordering those (medical supplies) earlier."
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