Uber Driver Died After Woman 'Coughed Repeatedly' In Cab
A 33-year-old Uber driver from Norwood, south London died from the coronavirus after expressing concern that a woman had "repeatedly coughed" in the back of his car.
NORWOOD, UNITED KINGDOM — A 33-year-old Uber driver from Norwood, south London died from the coronavirus after expressing concern that a woman had "repeatedly coughed" in the back of his car.
Shortly after picking up the woman in his cab, Mr. Ayub Akhtar, a fit and healthy family man began to have breathing problems.
He expressed his concerns to his relatives and said he believed the passenger had the virus.
Mr. Akhtar, who lived with his mother and siblings, then began to show COVID-19 symptoms.
Speaking to The Mail Online, his brother, Yasser said: "He told us about the lady coughing behind him in his Prius a few days before and that he was worried about it."
He added, "I could hear his painful coughing from his bedroom at night and that he was struggling for breath."
Mr. Akthar was at first admitted to the Mayday Hospital in Croydon and transferred to St. George's Hospital, Tooting when he could no longer breathe properly.
He sent a heartbreaking text to his family from his hospital bed telling them to, "Pray for me" — that text would be his last.
Mr. Akhtar later died alone in intensive care last Friday after he could no longer breathe.
His family report that he had no major illnesses prior to succumbing to the virus.
Remember, stay home, saves lives.
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