Devastated Dad Tells Kids To Keep Moving After His Son Died From Hours Of Continuous Gaming
A devastated father from Bedfordshire, England has shared an important message on Facebook following the sudden death of his 24 year old son last month.
Stanley Greening says his son Louis O’Neill died from a condition known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT on June 3rd. The dad believes the condition was brought on by hours of continuous gaming. In fact he says his son had no preexisting health issues and was by all accounts a normal healthy 24 year old man.
Being stuck in isolation caused his son to fall into an endless cycle of daily gaming which saw him transfixed in one position for hours on end. In a gut wrenching post to Facebook the heartbroken dad describes exactly what he believes happened to his much loved son.
My dear friends and acquaintances.
I know most of you already know.
On 3rd June something so awful happened, the worst imaginable thing to happen to such a young man and the worst imaginable thing to happen to a parent. My son, my dear boy, Louis, has gone.
Not from the evil virus but because of it. His young life, barely begun, still trying to find his feet, just torn away. The devastation… after seeing my dear boy go like that, I am in a living hell.
This damn lockdown. After being furloughed he took to his gaming world to escape. Caught up in a virtual world he became less active, so easily done. Hours fly by when absorbed by the screen, I’ve done it countless times myself. But no one, and I mean no one, ever in a million years would have predicted a blood clot. And just like that, it ripped my son away and I died inside along with him.
24 years old. Who is warning youngsters? Who is warning anyone, of any age? No one!! So I am. My son will live on, I shall continue to spread this warning in his name. This terrible thing was preventable had he or we known such risks. It is very rare in such circumstances but speaking to medical professionals I discover there has been a number of cases in youngsters during this lockdown. Like many I associate it with older people and something we are warned about on planes!
As more and more of us are working from home it is likely you are not getting out your chair as much as you need. Stand up, walk around, and please, warn your kids. If I can prevent one loss in my son’s name then that’s one bright light that will shine on LOUIS. So STAND UP, for Louis.
No parent should outlive their child, it’s so very wrong.
We are raising money in Louis’ name for a youth sports charity. If you would like to donate: