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Self-isolation forces mum of UK’s youngest coronavirus victim to miss funeral

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The funeral of the UK's youngest coronavirus victim went ahead without his mother and siblings after two of them developed symptoms.

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, passed away in the early hours of Monday at King's College Hospital.

He was buried at Kemnal Park Cemetery in Chislehurst, south east London. on Friday by undertakers wearing protective equipment, as a small number of mourners watched on.

The Brixton schoolboy's immediate family members were not among them, however, as two of his siblings have developed symptoms of the COVID-19 disease and the household has been forced to self-isolate.

Image: Mourners had to observe social distancing rules

Because the coronavirus is so infectious, Ismail's family had also not been allowed to be with him when he died.

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He passed away in hospital after being put on a ventilator and then into an induced coma, having been admitted after suffering breathing difficulties last Thursday.

The teenager, who had no known underlying health problems, tested positive for coronavirus the following day.

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Following his death, his family said in a statement: "We are beyond devastated."

Mourners spaced out for social distance during a prayer at the funeral in the Eternal Gardens Muslim Burial Ground, Chislehurst of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, from Brixton, south London, who died alone in Kings College Hospital in the early hours of Monday after testing positive for the coronavirus. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday April 3, 2020. The teenager was buried in the Eternal Gardens at Kemnal Park Cemetery in Chislehurst without his family present as his mother and six siblings are f
Image: Undertakers wore protective equipment

Donations have continued to pour in for a GoFundMe page set up to pay for Ismail's funeral and support his family, smashing the original £4,000 target and now standing at more than £72,000.

Many of the donations are in the hundreds of pounds, with one topping £3,495.

According to the page, set up by Madinah College, Ismail was the younger brother of one of the teachers there.

Mourners spaced out for social distance during a prayer at the funeral in the Eternal Gardens Muslim Burial Ground, Chislehurst of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, from Brixton, south London, who died alone in Kings College Hospital in the early hours of Monday after testing positive for the coronavirus. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday April 3, 2020. The teenager was buried in the Eternal Gardens at Kemnal Park Cemetery in Chislehurst without his family present as his mother and six siblings are f
Image: Ismail's family say they are 'heartbroken'

Organisers of the fundraiser have since posted a longer tribute from the family, describing Ismail as "gentle, kind" and with a "heartwarming" smile.

They thanked staff at the hospital for their efforts and for the money that has been raised, saying they were "extremely grateful and overwhelmed by thRead More – Source