Two boys died after catching Covid within a week at the SAME school: Pupil, 14, was killed by a stroke caused by coronavirus and 15-year-old died days later – after their jabs were delayed
- Harry Towers, 15, andMohammed Habib, 14, died days apart after catching Covid
- Both were pupils at St John Fisher Catholic College, Newcastle-under-Lyme
- The school had been due to host a Covid vaccine clinic in the weeks prior
Two boys from the same school died within days of one another after they caught Covid-19, post-mortem tests have now revealed.
Mohammed Habib, 14, was a year 10 pupil at St John Fisher Catholic College, Newcastle-under-Lyme when he contracted the virus earlier this year.
The teenager passed away on Sunday, October 24 and was buried days later at Fenton Muslim Cemetery following a service at Markaz At-Waheed in Hanley.
Now a medical examination has found Mohammed died from a bleed on the brain following a stroke caused by Covid-19.
It was also revealed that investigations were continuing into the death of 15-year-old Harry Towers, who had also contracted coronavirus, who died on Saturday, October 30.
His sister, Charlotte Nugent, paid tribute to him and confirmed he had not been vaccinated.
Mohammed Habib, 14, and Harry Towers, 15, were both studying for GCSEs at St John Fisher Catholic College in Newcastle-under-Lyme (pictured) when they caught Covid and died in October
Investigations are continuing into the death of 15-year-old Harry Towers (pictured), who had also contracted coronavirus and died on Saturday, October 30
Covid vaccines were due to be held at the school just weeks before the two teenage pupils died, although they were rescheduled and only flu jabs were offered, MailOnline understands.
Neither Harry nor Mohammed had known underlying health conditions.
Both students were remembered with prayers during a virtual assembly on Wednesday November 3, with senior staff paying tribute to the pair.
Harry’s death is still being treated as unexplained, but senior coroner Andrew Barkley is expecting the cause of death may be natural, reports the BBC.
‘It is correct that the pathologist is considering Covid-19 as being contributory to the death of Harry Towers, but at this stage, the cause of death is still under investigation,’ he said.
Harry returned a negative lateral flow test just two days before he died, and was planning to return to school, but his condition deteriorated and he passed away two days later.
In tribute, his sister Charlotte said he had dreams of becoming a history teacher and was a ‘kind kind, gentle lad who always stood up to bullies’.
Garrett Murray, acting head teacher of the boys’ school, told the BBC: ‘We went above and beyond what was expected with our Covid restrictions.
‘My rational head tells me that we did everything we could and it was a tragedy in both situations, but with my irrational head, I beat myself up every day.’
He has today declined to comment on the coroner’s findings or the delay in the school coronavirus vaccinations.
Staffordshire’s director of public health Richard Harling has also so far declined to comment on the cases.