A grieving son is urging the public to ‘open their eyes’ and listen to government warnings, after his dad passed away in hospital with coronavirus less than 24 hours from being diagnosed.

Afsar Hussain, aged 86, passed away in the early hours of Saturday, March 21, at Heartlands Hospital.

He had been diagnosed with the severe respiratory infection Covid-19 just hours earlier, after being admitted to hospital with a urine infection.

Afsar, a former Dudley Road foundry worker, was a father-of-eight and grandfather to 19

He had suffered kidney problems for a number of years and was a regular at Heartlands Hospital.

Once in hospital he took a turn for the worse and began to suffer with breathing problems. On Friday, a test for coronavirus came back positive.

His daughter was the only family member by his side, after begging medics to allow her to sit with her dad in his final moments.

Now Afsar’s devastated son, Akeel, has urged people to be aware of the ‘dangers’ of the virus.

He told BirminghamLive: “My dad passed away in the early hours of yesterday. He lost his life after a short battle with coronavirus.

“He was taken to hospital last week for a urine infection. His condition deteriorated at hospital and he was tested there.

“People need to be aware of the dangers. They need to do their best to avoid unnecessary travel and mixing with people, even if they feel fit and healthy themselves.

“I want to tell people they need to open their eyes, they might be fit and healthy. They might have coronavirus and their body be fighting it. They might not show symptoms.

“Please be careful, don’t take this lightly. Don’t go out if you don’t need to. Take this seriously.

“It is all well and good if you feel well, what about everyone around you? Cut out the unnecessary journeys, you don’t need to live a life of luxury and hoard things – take care of yourselves and the people around you.”



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