Tributes have poured in for professional wrestler Cameron Wellington who died last week after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
The 19-year-old athlete suddenly turned ill after being diagnosed with coronavirus on November 10.
Cameron’s condition worsened, and on Wednesday his mother, Jane, rushed him to Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands where he was taken to an Intensive Care Unit.
Despite efforts by medical staff, a brave fight by Cameron, and surgeons working on his heart and lungs, the teenager sadly passed away after he was rushed to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester for specialist care.
Devastated parents Jane and Norman Wellington were at their son’s side when he passed away - and he leaves behind heartbroken siblings Rebecca, Ryan, Logan, Lucy and Mia.
Mum Jane spoke to BirminghamLive about the family tragedy, saying: "The whole situation has come as a massive shock to us. Cam was overweight but he was fit and otherwise healthy.
"My husband was diagnosed with Covid last Monday. Both Cameron and I then developed symptoms and tested positive the following day.
"At first Cam had a cough, but his condition quickly got worse.
"Cam was adamant he was fine but I could tell - the colour was draining from him.
"I called the doctor who advised I take him to A&E at the Manor Hospital.”
Jane rushed her son to hospital and recounted how he was soon too breathless to speak, with medics then putting him on oxygen and placing him in a medically induced coma.
With Cameron being a teenager, medics worked hard to help save his life, but sadly the virus took him from his family.
Jane explained: "In the early hours of Thursday he had another operation, this time on his heart.
"At 9.20am we had a Skype call from the hospital, they showed us Cameron on the screen and advised us to head up to the hospital.
"They allowed us to go in and sit with him. We had to wear protective suits, masks, hats, gloves and visors. We spent a few hours with him before he passed away at 2.50pm."
Friends of Cameron have since taken to social media to pay tribute to him – and to praise his wrestling career.
Heartbroken pal Matt Powell wrote on Facebook: "I am completely numb but need to pay tribute to a warrior. RIP to my mate Cam Wellington.
"Cam had been with us at PWL/Darlaston Wrestling Club since he was a child in our kids class, then to our adults class."
The friend went on: "Cam was a bright, loyal, wonderful young man, who said what he saw and said what he felt. He was one of the lads, partied has hard as he wrestled, a throwback to a better time.
"He was an amazing wrestler. A trainee, a colleague, a fellow party animal, a friend. He is one of us.
"Think of him tonight, raise a Newcastle for him if you can, 19 is no age. Wrestle in peace."