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Swine flu victim 'loved by all'

David Hayes
The 29-year-old had been on holiday in Spain with his parents and sister when he was struck by swine flu

The family of a man, 29, who has died after contracting swine flu on holiday in Spain say he was "loved by all".

It is understood that David Hayes, from Llysfaen, Colwyn Bay, suffered a heart attack in hospital after falling ill.

He died at the Reus hospital in Catalonia on 7 October. His body was flown home to the UK last week, and his funeral will take place on Friday.

His family said Mr Hayes, who had Down's Syndrome, had been a champion for people with learning disabilities.

"He was an amazing person, he was so sociable, and had so much love to give to everyone," said his sister, Jane Matthews.

"He loved being in the limelight, he was just so full of life."

David Hayes in swimming pool
He really changed the way many people thought about learning disabilities
Jane Matthews, sister

Mr Hayes had been holidaying at Cambrils, near Salou with his parents, Tom and Joan Hayes, and his sister and her partner.

But Ms Matthews said her brother had become ill two days into the four-day break.

"He had flu-like symptoms, and I think he had some breathing problems, and he wasn't getting any better so we called out the doctor," she said.

"He was given some antibiotics, but he was still ill, so he was taken to hospital."

Mr Hayes, who was a former pupil at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan in Abergele, was later transferred to hospital in Reus, where he died.

His sister said the cause of death was later given as swine flu.

Ms Matthews said the family had received hundreds of cards from those who knew her brother.

"He was involved in all sorts of clubs and activities, so he was very well known," she said.

"He really changed the way many people thought about learning disabilities. He had such a positive attitude to everything in life."

His funeral will be held at the Marble Church at Bodelwyddan on Friday.



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