WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The youth team coach of Spanish football club Atletico Portada Alta has died from coronavirus at age 21.
- Francisco Garcia had been unknowingly suffering from leukemia, which left him more vulnerable to the virus despite his young age.
- Garcia is the youngest coronavirus victim in Malaga, where the four other victims were all over the age of 70.
A Spanish football coach has died from coronavirus at age 21.
The youth team coach of Malaga club Atletico Portada Alta, Francisco Garcia, had been unknowingly suffering from a pre-existing health condition that left him more vulnerable to the virus despite his young age.
According to Spanish newspaper Malaga Hoy, Garcia was having difficulty breathing and was urged to seek medical help. He then visited the hospital to get tested for the virus, the Independent reported.
It was only then that he found out he not only had coronavirus and pneumonia but that he also had leukemia.
Atletico Portada Alta’s club president, Pep Bueno, said that he was informed by the hospital on Sunday night that Garcia was in stable condition.
But the good news didn’t last for long. Only about an hour has passed when Bueno received a call telling him that Garcia’s health had significantly deteriorated.
A statement from the football club read: “We want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and close friends of our coach Francisco Garcia who has left us, unfortunately. Now, what do we do without you, Francis? How are we going to continue conquering in the league? We don’t know how, but we will surely do it for you. We will not forget you, rest in peace, phenomenon. Until forever.”
Garcia is possibly the youngest person to die from coronavirus. He is the fifth fatality in Malaga, where the four other victims were all over the age of 70.
According to infectious disease experts, Garcia would have likely survived had he not been suffering from leukemia.
Health officials have confirmed that older people and those with underlying health conditions are at an increased risk of COVID-19.
Source: New York Post