Brit dad and big Liverpool fan dies from Dengue fever after mosquito bite

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TRAGIC: Colin died after being bitten by a mosquito (Pic: MICHELLE GREEN)

Colin Whiteside, from Preston, was rushed to hospital in Sri Lanka after being bitten and was diagnosed with Dengue fever.

He developed pneumonia and sepsis as he quickly went downhill before suffering a stroke on July 14, that him paralysed and only able to blink.

A Crowdfunding page was set up and raised almost £35,000 to bring Colin back to the UK.

He was flown back last Tuesday but died four days later.

Colin’s wife Caroline had flown out to be by his bedside and has paid tribute to him on Facebook.

She wrote: “Last night you spread your wings and now you’re flying free.

“Goodnight my boy I will love you forever.”

Liverpool born, Colin, was a passionate Liverpool fan and had travelled the world working as a scaffolder.

He had been working in Sri Lanka when he was bitten.

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BITE: Colin suffered a stroke that left him paralysed before he died (Pic: MICHELLE GREEN)

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking”

Michelle

His daughter Michelle Green told the Liverpool Echo that he had been expected to make a full recovery but then he suffered the stroke that left him on a life support machine.

Michelle, 37, said last month: “Just the thought of him being aware of what is happening but is unable to do anything for himself is just the worst thing that can ever happen to someone.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking.

“It feels surreal, you don’t expect it to happen to your family. You read about these stories but don’t ever think it will happen to you.”

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FAN: Colin pictured alongside Robbie Fowler (Pic: MICHELLE GREEN)

An update was posted on his Crowdfunding page on Sunday thanking for the donations to help bring Colin home. 

It read: “I would like to say a massive thank you from the bottom of my heart and from Colin’s family to all you wonderful people who donated to bring Colin home.

“Colin landed back in the UK on Tuesday and without your help this wouldn’t have been possible.

“These days there are so much negative things in the world, what people have done restores my faith in how fantastic and caring people can be. 

“Thank you every single one of you.”

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