The parents of a young boy who died of the coronavirus have spoken about their suffering.
Fehzan Jamil, from Bradford, is considered one of the youngest victims of Covid-19 in the UK.
Speaking to Channel 4 News, Fehzan ‘parents, Tayyaba and Mohammed Jamil, described their son as a “truly brave fighter” and “soldier”.
They said he was a cheerful boy despite a number of underlying health problems, including epilepsy.
He died in hospital after contracting the disease and was buried on Monday.
In an interview broadcast on Tuesday evening, his father Mohammed said: “There were four of us, now there are only three. The pain is beyond description. “
His mother Tayyaba added, “I just can’t describe our loss. Everything now feels empty. “
Fehzan’s family tried to protect him during the pandemic, as his health problems left him vulnerable to Covid-19.
He was kept at home as much as possible and everyone who entered the house had to wear a mask.
“We tried our best to protect him, but somehow Covid got him,” said Mohammed.
Fehzan was treated at the Bradford Royal Infirmary for a number of years and his family has praised the care he received.
Tayyaba said, “All the staff have been very good to us. They have known Fehzan for years and have always taken care of him.
‘They let us be next to him when he died. It meant a lot. “
When Fehzan entered the hospital, his family, accustomed to previous trips, had not been too concerned.
But the coronavirus has snatched him from them.
Mohammed said, “But this time it turned out differently, he never came home again. Covid took it from us. “
Other young victims claimed by the virus include a 13-day-old baby, believed to have no underlying health problems, who reportedly passed away with Covid-19 from NHS England in June.