Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Adam Was So Brave.Right Up to the End

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Adam Was So Brave.Right Up to the End

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Byline: Sophie Barley Reporter

THE family of a brave 24-year-old man who suffered from cystic fibrosis said he is an inspiration to other sufferers as he never let the illness affect him, right up to his death.

Despite being in and out of hospital throughout his life, Adam Morrow always wanted to live a normal life and was never a "slave to his illness".

Adam, from Eston, died in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Hospital surrounded by his loved ones earlier this month.

He had contracted cepacia, an infection which doctors said could not be treated.

Sister Katie, 22, said: "Adam was a fighter. He was so strong and brave.

"He never once let his illness affect him. If you ever asked him how he was he would say 'fine' and talk about something else. He just wanted to live a normal life."

As well as Katie, Adam leaves mum Marion Bird, 48, dad Barry Suggett, 69, sister Abbie, 12, brothers Anthony, 28, and Barry, 40, nephew Ethan, three, niece Amber, four months, girlfriend Nicola Crutchley, 24, and Auntie Iris Suggett, 67, who was "a second mum" to Adam.

Adam was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was threeand-a-half months old. It is a genetic illness which affects major organs, most critically the lungs.

Iris said: "He has been in and out of hospital throughout his life. We nearly lost him when he was about 17 but he battled on. He would never let us know how much he was suffering - right up until till the end."

Adam's family say Nicola, who he had been with for four years, was his "rock".

Nicola, a nurse at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital, said: "He was a special person and always wanted the best in life.

"He always wore the smartest clothes and went to the nicest places. He didn't take life too seriously, he just wanted to enjoy it as much as he could. …

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