The UK’s youngest victim of coronavirus has been named as 45-year-old Craig Ruston.
The father-of-two from Kettering in Northamptonshire died on Monday morning, after testing positive for COVID-19.
He was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in June 2018.
Sally Ruston, Craig’s wife, confirmed his death on Facebook, on a blog page he ran called ‘Me and my MND’.
My Amazing Craig passed away yesterday morning at 6.20am. We are truly heartbroken.
“Last Tuesday he was taken unwell and we have since spent the last 6 days in isolation. “Craig’s chest infection was confirmed as Covid-19. How dare that take Craig who was already facing this (MND), the most vile and evil of diseases.”
– SALLY RUSTON, CRAIG’S WIFE
Kettering General Hospital confirmed the first death in Northamptonshire.
Professor Andrew Chilton said:
Sadly we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at Kettering General Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19 has died. The patient who died on March 16 had underlying health conditions.
“His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”
– PROFESSOR ANDREW CHILTON, MEDICAL DIRECTOR, KETTERING GENERAL HOSPITAL