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UK News Heartbreaking tribute for 'kind' schoolboy, 4, who died after contracting Strep A

08:40  06 december  2022
08:40  06 december  2022 Source:   msn.com

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A schoolboy, aged four, has died after contacting Strep A, making him the sixth UK child confirmed to have died after contracting the infection. Muhammad Ibrahim Ali died at his home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on November 14 after suffering a cardiac arrest, his mother told the Bucks Free Press newspaper.

The four-year-old's headteacher at Oakridge School said Ibrahim was a friendly boy who loved being outside and was 'constantly smiling'. The headteacher, Stuart Cook, said the school has been working closely with the Health Security Agency, and that all classrooms have been deep cleaned.

"Ibrahim was a friendly boy who loved coming to Oakridge School. He had lots of energy and was always active. He particularly loved being outdoors in Forest School", Mr Cook said. "Ibrahim was kind and loved to help his friends. He was constantly smiling. We are one big family at Oakridge and will miss him terribly."

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Mr Cook continued: "Everyone has been supporting each other as a result of this tragedy. We have been touched by the response from the Oakridge School Community who have shared their condolences and laid flowers. They have also raised over £4,000 for charity and for a memorial at the school, so that Ibrahim will always have a place here.

"The children have had some lovely thoughts about how we can remember and celebrate Ibrahim’s time here at Oakridge. We will miss him dearly." Mr Cook added that the school has been working closely with the Health Security Agency, who have done a 'thorough' risk assessment of the school. "We have been following their advice in order to keep everyone safe", he said.

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  Six children died from Strep A in England this season - five were under the age of 10 The UKHSA said investigations are underway.Strep A, known by its full name as Group A streptococcus, is a bacterial infection which can cause sore throats, scarlet fever and invasive disease in rare cases.

"We have informed parents and been told by medical professionals that the most common infections caused by Group A streptococcus are mild and anything more serious, whilst devastating, is extremely rare. We are advising parents to monitor their children for symptoms and to go to the GP if worried. We have deep cleaned the classrooms."

The school have launched a crowdfunding page to create a memorial for Ibrahim which can be found here

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