Parents of schoolboy Osama Subuh, 15, who died on Sunday night from COVID-19 despite being diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis, are now reportedly both hospitalised suffering from the virus.
Authorities told media the boy's parents are both hospital after contracting the virus from their son and were unable attend his funeral on Monday.
'Osama’s parents are absolutely devastated, they have now got Covid and are unwell themselves,' a source close to the immediate family said.
'They are struggling to come to terms with how they lost their boy so quickly, and are also trying to stay strong to get through their own health battles.
Osama Subuh, 15, (pictured) died on Sunday night from pneumococcal meningitis yet allegedly tested positive to COVID-19.
'They are absolutely distraught they were unable to bury their boy themselves. What’s happened is so sad, he was such a beautiful happy kid. They can’t believe he’s gone.
'They got some time with him Sunday on FaceTime, they hoped they would get more but he didn’t make it'.
Media reports claim the teen contracted the respiratory illness after working a shift at KFC on Canterbury Road, Punchbowl sometime between July 27 and August 2.
The boy's cousin, Dena Dee, said he had been suffering from meningitis and then caught COVID-19, exacerbating the problem.
'He got Covid which made it worse and his brain stopped working. He was in ICU on life support. He has now passed away, we’re shattered.' she said.
Labor MP for Lakemba Jihad Dib told media the story was sobering for the community and for parents everywhere.
'Osama’s death is a tragedy and every parent will be feeling the pain of his parents right now, they lost their boy in very tragic circumstances and now have to try to pick up the pieces to mend their own lives while going through a difficult time with their own health concerns'. he said.
'Covid is not something that should be taken lightly or for granted, it affects everyone of all ages.
'There are some things that cut you much more deeply than others. Osama, this beautiful young man, with a life of dreams ahead of him, has lost his life.
'He was a kind hearted soul and a regular teenager who loved his sport and family. As you can imagine, his immediate family is completely devastated'.
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