Father with motor neurone disease dies from coronavirus in UKNachelle Geronimo
Father with motor neurone disease dies from coronavirus in UK.
Family of Craig Ruston say he was a ‘wonderfully kind and caring’ person who was fighting to raise awareness of MND
Craig Ruston: His family said he was taken ill last week and spent six days in isolation. Photograph: Me and my MND/Facebook
The family of a father who died after being diagnosed with coronavirus have said they were “truly heartbroken”.
Posting on Facebook, the family of Craig Ruston said he had died at 6.20am on Monday after his chest infection was diagnosed as Covid-19.
They said that Ruston, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in June 2018, was “not ready to go”.
The post on his Me and my MND page on Tuesday, signed by his wife Sally and his “amazing girls”, added: “My amazing Craig passed away yesterday morning at 6.20am. We are truly heartbroken. His fight with MND was not ready to be over. At diagnosis in June 2018 he was given roughly two years to live. He was pushing that back. Craig was not ready to go.”
His family said that Ruston was taken ill on Tuesday last week, and spent six days in isolation. They added: “How dare that take Craig who was already facing this, the most vile and evil of diseases. Craig’s wish upon death was to give his brain to the Oxford Brain Bank. It was to be used specifically for MND research and Craig was so keen to do this. He’d give anything in the name of research. Sadly this can no longer happen. How dare this virus take this from Craig.”
His family said that Ruston was a “wonderfully kind and caring” person who welcomed everyone.
They said he was still doing “everything in his power” to raise awareness and fight against MND.
They added: “To those of you that knew Craig, before his MND diagnosis, after his diagnosis and to all that follow this his blog, I’m sure you knew or could tell what a wonderfully kind and caring person he was.
“He welcomed everyone. There were no airs and graces with Craig.
“He loved the world. He absorbed the world. He was one of the most intelligent people I know that would absorb information and could somehow explain just about anything.”
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