A seemingly healthy young man died six weeks after being diagnosed with a bowel disease.
Cameron Duxbury was just 20-years-old he died with his parents by his side at Royal Bolton Hospital last Tuesday.
For several months he had suffered symptoms relating to bowel condition ulcerative colitis, but had never told anyone, Manchester Evening News reported.
It was only when Cameron, of Egerton, Greater Manchester started drastically losing weight that his parents took him to A&E.
He would never return home again and lost his battle with ulcerative colitis just six weeks after being diagnosed back in September.
His mum Cherise Duzbury recalled having to drop her son off at hospital without going inside with him due to coronavirus restrictions.
She said: “It was unbearable; I couldn’t go in.
“He’s 20-years-old but he’s still my little boy – I had to drop him off and drive away.
“He passed away last Tuesday and I’m absolutely devastated. I just can’t believe he’s gone.
Now his devastated family have vowed to carry out Cameron’s final wish of raising awareness of the disease in order to help others.
“He wanted people to know they shouldn’t be afraid to talk about their symptoms,” his mum said.
“We never knew anything about (the disease) before any of this happened.
“For a few months Cameron was having symptoms but being a young lad, he was really scared about sharing those symptoms.
“We noticed his weight loss and a few other symptoms from the disease but with Covid, getting him into a doctors seemed to take forever.
“It got to a point where about seven weeks ago I could see how poorly he was getting and how much weight he was losing.”
Cherise added: “It was his wish when he was in hospital to raise awareness because we didn’t realise this is a young persons’ disease.
“If you’re presenting symptoms go and get help; typical lads think they are invincible.”
Cameron, who was working at a pensions and financial company at the time of his death, was given medication following his diagnosis.
It was hoped the it would help treat his condition, but his body failed to respond to the drugs.
Cameron was rushed for emergency surgery.
Throughout the ordeal he was unable to see his family.
His operation was a success, but for reasons not yet known, Cameron’s condition began deteriorating rapidly.
Cherise said Cameron, who loved going to the gym and playing football for his local Bromley Cross team, had accepted he would need to live with a stoma bag for the rest of his life prior to the operation.
“He was so proud, he took it all in his stride,” she continued.
“It was so incredibly hard. He had to go through it all on his own. We couldn’t be with him at all. He embraced what his new future would look like.
“But the operation made him weaker and his body couldn’t carry on.”
Cameron died a few weeks after his operation – leaving behind a heartbroken mother, father and little sister.
“The operation should have worked,” 47-year-old Cherise, who works as a teacher, said.
“We’re still waiting to hear back from the hospital about the final findings. We don’t know if there was something else.
“He was a typical 20-year-old. He loved his music, concerts, food and he loved life.
“The gym was such a passion of his; he was so into being as healthy as possible.”
Ulcerative colitis is a long-term, chronic condition in which the colon and rectum become inflamed.
It is estimated around one in every 420 people in the UK are currently living with the disease.
The condition can develop at any age, but is most often diagnosed in people aged from 15 to 25 years old.
Symptoms include recurring diarrhoea, which may contain blood, mucus or pus, tummy pain and needing to empty your bowels frequently.
Other people may develop mouth ulcers, swollen skin and red eyes.
Cameron’s family have set up a Gofundme page raising funds for UK charity Crohn’s & Colitis in honour of his memory.
Cherise added: “When we set up the Gofundme, we never expected it in two days to explode in the way it has done.
“We were so proud of the young man he grew up into. Youngsters, in particular men, suffer in silence.
“Early detection and treatment is so very vital. Maybe if Cameron knew this, the outcome would be different. I hope he can see how much love everyone had for him.”