Dog lover, 21, hid the fact he was coughing up blood from his parents and thought he only had a bad back – but days later cancer killed him

  • Gerald Green (21) from Scotland decided to hide his symptoms from his parents
  • He found out he had cancer on January 26 and died on January 30

A dog lover hid the fact he was coughing up blood from his parents thinking he just had a bad back before dying of cancer days later.

Gerald Green (21), from Paisley in Scotland, coughed up blood and suffered with a sore back in the run-up to his death, but decided to hide his symptoms from his parents.

He finally told his mother, Paula, on January 19 this year, who then immediately rushed him to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Glasgow where he was found to be suffering from severe anaemia, caused by a shortage of red blood cells.

Gerald underwent surgery to drain his kidney during which he stopped breathing and doctors had to quickly revive him before placing him in an induced coma to keep him alive.

He later woke up on January 26 when doctors broke the tragic news that he had incurable and aggressive cancer. Gerald began end-of-life care at St Vincent’s Hospice on January 30, but passed with his family by his side just hours after arriving.

Gerald Green (21) from Paisley in Scotland died on January 30 after being rejected with an aggressive and incurable cancer.

Gerald Green (21) from Paisley in Scotland died on January 30 after being rejected with an aggressive and incurable cancer.

Pictured here with his dog, Gerald is said to be a big dog lover and avid football player

Pictured here with his dog, Gerald is said to be a big dog lover and avid football player

General view of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley where Gerald was diagnosed with cancer on January 26

General view of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley where Gerald was diagnosed with cancer on January 26

Gerald’s heartbroken family have now urged other young people to make others aware of any relevant health symptoms in a bid to prevent similar cases from happening.

They also set up a JustGiving page to help pay for the funeral, which has raised more than £5,000 so far.

Only child Gerald, who was a carer for his father Gerry after he suffered a stroke, was described as ‘a handsome, funny and polite boy’.

His family said he had his ‘whole life ahead of him’ and will be ‘greatly missed by everyone around him’.

Gerald’s cousin Ailley Colquhoun said he was a ‘funny, cheeky boy’ with a love of dogs and a fan of his local Scottish Premiership team St Mirren FC. He was also an avid soccer player before giving up in recent years to take care of his father.

Ailley has to the Daily record: ‘When my aunt Paula found out that Gerald hid that he had blood in his sick, she immediately took him to the hospital.

‘He was obviously scared when he hid it, so we’re appealing to anyone who has any symptoms like his to get checked immediately, before it’s too late.

‘There was nothing they could do for Gerald, the cancer was just everywhere. It was in his bones and in his blood.

‘Our whole family was with him when he died. He told us he loved us and he said goodbye. Those were his last words. He died a few hours later.

‘He had his whole life ahead of him but he was unaware of what was going on until last week. It’s just incredibly sad.’