The family of a 24-year-old football fanatic dad who died after contracting a virus are appealing for Manchester United shirts so everyone can wear one at his funeral.
George King, an avid fan of the Premier League giants, passed away last week after his family took the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support machine.
Mr King, of Blyth Close, Aylesbury, leaves behind his wife of two years Natasha, 24, and 18-month-old son Harry.
His sister Sarah King said George, who had no previous health problems, first started feeling unwell in July.
“He was working at Hartwell House in the cafe when he was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital suffering from chest pains.
“They did some tests and the doctors found he had an enlarged heart so they transferred him to High Wycombe.”
Mr King had only been at Wycombe for one night when he suffered a heart attack.
Critically ill Mr King was transferred to Harefield Hospital but later suffered three strokes in the space of a week, ending up on a life support machine.
His sister said: “We now know that those initial chest pains were caused by a virus which attacked his heart and ultimately led to this chain of events.
“The last few months have been a real roller-coaster of emotions. Within two weeks of him being at Harefield we were told five times he was brain dead. You just didn’t know what was going to happen next.
“We feared the worst after George had his first stroke.
“We could tell his body had had enough and he had lost what fight he had left.
“The doctors told us we could either turn the machine off straight away, or we could turn it down, so it stopped his breathing, before turning it off completely 10 minutes later.
“We went for the second option in the end, but it was still one of the most horrendous experiences I think you could possibly have.”
Mr King was a keen Manchester United fan, and after suffering his first stroke he told his wife that he wished for everyone present at his funeral to wear United shirts.
Sarah, 35, from Thame, said: “He had a passion for Manchester United from a very young age. He very rarely attended matches because of the expense but he did have a tour around Old Trafford. His favourite player was Wayne Rooney.
“Obviously, these shirts don’t come cheap so we are appealing for donations of old shirts.”
Mr King lived in Haddenham throughout his childhood before moving to Aylesbury seven years ago.
He attended primary school in Haddenham before going on to Princes Risborough Upper School.
He had another sister Wendy, 38, and father John, 65, who lives at Hampden Hall care centre in Aylesbury.
His mother died when he was 18 months old.
Mr King’s interests included going to the cinema and listening to music, and his family said that he liked to keep himself to himself.
Ms King said that her brother wanted it to be known how much he thanked the staff at Harefield Hospital.
For details of the funeral or if you can donate a Manchester United shirt please email firstname.lastname@example.org.