A misplaced breathing tube contributed to the death of the UK’s first known child coronavirus victim, a coroner has concluded.
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, went into cardiac arrest before dying of acute respiratory distress syndrome on March 30, 2020, three days after testing positive for Covid-19.
His family were in isolation at the time of his death and were unable to visit him at King’s College Hospital in south London. Nor could they attend his funeral.
Mourners maintained social distancing at the funeral in 2020
Matt Hancock, who was health secretary when the case came to light, said at the time that Ismail dying without a parent at his bedside “made me weep”.
The King, who was then Prince of Wales, added that he was “utterly heartbroken”.
An inquest into the teenager’s