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The first known Brit to catch Covid-19 has died at university after almost a year battling the virus, his heartbroken mum has revealed.
Student Connor Reed, 26, was teaching English at a college in Wuhan, China at the time of the coronavirus outbreak in November last year.
Dismissing his initial symptoms off as flu, Connor was taken to hospital when his cough became increasingly worse and he started losing his voice.
It was not until later that doctors recognised he had contracted coronavirus which had since spread worldwide.
Connor, from Llandudno, north Wales, recovered from his serious illness but was last week found dead at his halls of residence at Bangor University last week.
His heartbroken mum Hayley, who lives in Brisbane, Australia, told The Sun that catching coronavirus and having to isolate for over 20 weeks was something he struggled to cope with.
Hayley said: “To say Connor had a sense of adventure was an understatement.
“When he told us he was going to learn Chinese we didn't really believe him but he knuckled down and went on his own to China and in a few years was speaking fluent mandarin.
“Over the last six months he endured a lot of hardship in China contracting Covid and having over 20 weeks lockdown under strict conditions.
“He endured more lockdown than anyone we have even known – 16 weeks harsh lockdown in Wuhan, two weeks in Australia and a further three weeks in the UK.
“We are both broken hearted that his adventures came to an end at Bangor University where he was studying for a degree in Chinese language with what looks like a tragic accident.
“We will never know where his ambition and drive would have taken him.
“We would like to give Connor the funeral he deserves in the UK and also Australia.
“We will not be able to attend his funeral in the UK due to the coronavirus restriction.
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“Therefore we will make sure we all celebrate his life at his home in Australia.”
Police and paramedics were called to his flat in Bangor last weekend but pronounced him dead at the scene.
Connor's death which is not being treated as suspicious, makes him the ninth UK student to have died since returning to university in September.
Connor previously said: “The cough turned into a pneumonia-type thing and I ended up in hospital as my breathing was as if I was breathing into a paper bag.
"I didn't want to take any antibiotics and just drank hot toddies made of hot whiskey and honey, and that really helped my sore throat.
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Connor said he was ill for around two weeks before making a full recovery.
His family have launched a fundraiser to give him “the funeral he deserves”
A North Wales Police spokesman said: “Shortly after 10pm on October 25, north Wales Police were requested by the ambulance service to attend at a student's room at a Bangor University halls of residence.
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“Regrettably, despite the best efforts of friends and paramedics, a 26-year-old male student was pronounced dead at the location.
"Our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends following this tragic death of a young student, and we request that their privacy is respected.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner for North West Wales, Mr Dewi Pritchard Jones has been informed.”
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