The 21-year-old youngest Spanish football coach, Francisco García has died from coronavirus, after doctors also diagnosed him with leukaemia.
Francisco García, who was the youth team coach at Malaga-based club Atletico Portada Alta, had an unknown pre-existing health condition that resulted in him being more vulnerable to the virus than usual for an individual of his age.
The 21-year-old Spanish football coach, was rushed to hospital with severe symptoms of the virus. But when he arrived doctors also identified the deadly blood cancer. They said he would have survived if he was not suffering from the pre-existing condition.
While he was struggling to breathe, he was advised to seek further medical help which he did and was told that he had both coronavirus and pneumonia. Doctors later disclosed to him that he had leukaemia, which increased the level of risk that he was exposed to after contracting the virus.
He fought for a few days and finally died this Sunday.’
Mr Garcia’s club paid tribute to him yesterday, saying: ‘From Atletico Portada Alta we want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and relatives of our coach Francisco Garcia who has left us, unfortunately, today.
A club statement 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.”
Club president, Pep Bueno also paid tribute to him.
Bueno said: “Francisco was a great guy and a very talented coach. We are all still shocked.
“The hospital rang me at 7pm on Sunday to say his condition had stabilised, but then an hour later because of the coronavirus and (cancer) … I do not believe it. It seems impossible to me.”
Spain has entered a state of emergency as the country grapples to control the coronavirus outbreak.
Citizens have been instructed to remain in their homes, and are only allowed to venture out to get food, medical supplies, or go to work.