June 15, 2015 – A British man volunteering in south east Asia has been killed by mosquito bites.
David Murray, originally from Lancashire, gave up his job as a lorry driver and sold his BMW to venture overseas to help orphans in Laos.
The 39-year-old went into shock after mosquito bites on his legs became infected.
He died of typhus, a disease caused by Rickettsia bacteria and dengue fever, on June 7, a blood test revealed.
David, fondly known as Muzz to his mates, was three months into a year-long voluntary role when he was rushed to hospital at the Sae Lao Project in Nathong, Laos.
His father, Michael Murray, said: ‘He was really dedicated. He was giving something back in life. He was a saint to the people in Laos.
‘He was very quiet and did not brag about things, but all this time he has been doing this good work.’
His mother Rita added: ‘We spoke to him on Skype four days before he died. He was so happy. He found something good in life, that’s our only comfort.’
It’s thought that Michael’s body will be flown back to the UK via Manchester Airport this Wednesday (June 17) and a coroner’s investigation is likely to be launched.