Tributes have been paid to a healthy 14-year-old boy who became Europe’s youngest coronavirus fatality.
Amateur futsal player Vitor Godinho died in a hospital near Porto, Potugal, in the early hours of this morning morning after falling ill with the virus.
He is understood to have suffered from psoriasis, a skin disorder that can affect the immune system, but had no major underlying health issues.
The teenager’s death follows that of French schoolgirl Julie Alliot, 16, who was described on Friday as Europe’s youngest coronavirus fatality after she died at a Paris hospital.
Tributes have been paid to the youngster who was an accomplished futsal player.
Rafael, from Ovar half an hour’s drive south of Porto, lost his fight for life after being rushed to Sao Sebastiao Hospital in nearby Santa Maria da Feira.
Medics are said to have decided against transferring him to a hospital with a paediatric A&E unit in Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, because of the severity of his condition.
The Portuguese Football Federation paid tribute to the youngster on its website on Sunday.
He played futsal, which is similar to five-a-side football and is played on a hard court, for Maceda Cultural and Recreational Centre in his hometown area.
A message from its president Fernando Gomes said: “With profound consternation I am sending my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Vitor Rafael Bastos Godinho, a young Maceda Cultural and Recreational Centre.
“At this moment of deep pain for his loved ones, I am also sending words of comfort to the footballing family in the Aveiro region who share with us the disappearance of such a precocious talent.”
Well-wisher Ana Pereira Pereira said: “I am thinking about his family with a lot of sadness. An enormous hug to them. Another angel has gone to Heaven.”
Raquel Filipa added: “My heart goes out to all his family and friends.
“A young person with so many years ahead of him who didn’t deserve to die.
“For a son to go before his parents must be one of the worst difficult things in life for his mum and dad. Rest in peace Vitor.”
The teenager’s futsal club said in a statement: “This time you didn’t get past the rival, like you did so many times.
“We’re devastated, lost for words. Rest in peace champion.”
Ameilia Evilasio said: “It’s so unfair. He was just a little boy. Let his soul rest in peace. Strength to his family at such a difficult time.”
Vitor has been confirmed as Portugal’s youngest person with coronavirus to die so far.
The girl described earlier this week as Europe’s youngest coronavirus victim, named as Julie Alliot, was first rushed to her local doctor in Longjumeau, south of Paris, on Tuesday before being transferred to the Necker Hospital in the French capital.
She died the following day.
Her sister Manon paid tribute to her after news of her death became public, saying she was “bright and much loved” and “loved to dance, sing and make people laugh.”The number of coronavirus deaths in Portugal stood at 119 at lunchtime today.
Nearly 6,000 are infected with the virus and another 5,500 were awaiting the results of tests according to Ministry of Health figures.