Love Island’s Alex George has spoken about the guilt he felt upon learning his younger brother Llŷr had died.
The A&E doctor revealed the tragic news back in July and has told in a recent interview how difficult he and his family have found coping with the tragedy.
Speaking on Lorraine, George said he was left with a sense of guilt because of his role as big brother and his profession.
He said: “I felt tremendous guilt. I’m a doctor, I’m the older brother. I always wanted to protect and look after him.
“What could I have done differently? I’m supposed to be a mental health advocate. It was just the worst thing.
“Mental health and physical health are akin… it is an illness. That’s why it’s so important we treat it like that.”
He added: “It’s been the toughest time of my life imaginable. It’s something, I think, as a family we never expected.
“We were so excited for Llŷr who was going to medical school. I had him up in Lewisham hospital. I was really proud to have him with me on work experience and he loved it in A&E and the excitement of it.
“We were all just looking to the future and to hopefully this pandemic coming to an end and all the positive things that would happen."
Talking about what Llŷr was like as a person, he said: “We were so excited for him. He was such a kind little boy. In some ways he was a little mini me.
“He had the same passions, he loved medicines, he loved science, he was a bit geeky like I am. He loved his cars as well.”
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