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DJ, 30, who died from Covid-19 after battle told NHS to ‘save someone else’
March 30, 2020
A DJ who bravely fought leukaemia for two years and later contracted coronavirus succumbed to the disease after telling NHS doctors to "save someone else's life."
Heroic Liam Downing tragically died from cancer of the blood and Covid_19 days after celebrating his 30th birthday.
He had been told there was "nothing more" doctors could do to cure his cancer and opted to spend the rest of his days at home.
The family had no idea how much longer Liam had to live but had hoped to still have a few more months with him.
Liam's devastated sister Laura said he had told her he did not want to be a strain on the NHS and said medics should "save someone else's life."
Sadly, on March 16t Liam was admitted to hospital with suspected coronavirus.
Hoping for a final send-off to Liam, the family "prayed" he would live to see his 30th birthday on March 23rd.
Laura and other family members sought special permission to visit his hospital room and placed balloons and banners all around the walls.
Despite sugaring through painful coughs coronavirus has become synonymous with, Liam still had a "big booming smile."
On Friday 27th March, 4 days after his birthday party, Liam died from leukaemia, made worse by deadly coronavirus.
In a social media post, grieving Laura, paid a heartfelt tribute to her "brave brother".
She said: "Expecting Liam to have at least a few months he started making a bucket list of things he wanted to do before he died.
“To then be told he had coronavirus was just devastating.
"Expecting Liam to have at least a few months he started making a bucket list of things he wanted to do before he died.
"We were uncertain whether he was going to see his 30th birthday, which I’m so thankful he did.
"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.
"I’m so glad we had so much laughter together as we got older.
"I’ll forever cherish those memories. Reenie and Emilee will always know what a kind hearted man you were! What a legend you are.”
"I love you Liam forever and always.
"Sleep tight, spread those wings and you fly high my bro."
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Since her brother's death, Laura has set up a GoFundMePage, with a target of £8,000 for the funeral.
Laura said any money raised "will be spent on Liam's plot, headstone and flowers" and, if they raise more, proceeds will go to "the hospital that looked after Liam for the last two years."
She said: ""I have set this page up to give Liam the best send off we possibly can and give him a beautiful final resting place that he deserves where we can all go visit him, to spend time and talk to him."
The GoFundMe has so far raised £1,500, if you would like to donate please click here.