Cancer-ridden DJ dies from coronavirus, told docs to ‘save someone else’
A British DJ who was battling leukemia — and then tested positive for the coronavirus — died after telling doctors to “save someone else’s life” and not give him any more medication, according to his family.
Liam Downing, who turned 30 just five days before his death, learned that he had contracted COVID-19 after being admitted to the hospital with a suspected infection on March 16, Metro UK reported.
At that time, doctors informed him there was nothing else they could do to cure his cancer, which he’d been battling for two years, the outlet reported.
So on March 21, Downing decided to decline any further medication, because he didn’t want to further burden the country’s National Health Service, his family said.
“Liam had [spoken] with the specialist about what his options were,” his sister Laura said on a GoFundMe page to help pay for his burial expenses. “By the end of the conversation Liam had made the brave decision not to have any more medication and to just be made as comfortable and given end of life care instead.”
“This came as a massive shock to all of our family and friends but that was Liam’s wish,” she wrote. “He had fought the battle for as long as he could with leukemia and did not want to waste any more of the NHS money and selflessly said, ‘save someone else’s life with it.”
Laura also paid tribute to her brother in a now-viral Facebook post.
“Expecting Liam to have at least a few months he started making a bucket list of things he wanted to do before he died,” she wrote. “To then be told he had coronavirus was just devastating. He was never going to do what he wanted to.”
“We were uncertain whether he was going to see his 30th birthday [and] I’m so thankful he did,” she continued. “I’m so unbelievably proud of you Liam! You fought so long and hard but now’s your time to relax! You’re now out of pain!”
More than 22,400 COVID-19 cases and 1,400 deaths have been reported in the UK, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
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