A BRITISH teacher has been found dead in China after being struck down by a mysterious illness.
Christopher Duffield from Cardiff in Wales, flew to the other side of the world to follow his dreams of teaching English in Chongqing, in March.
Christopher Duffield from Cardiff in Wales was found dead in his flat in China[/caption]
His family have been told it is going to cost an estimated £20,000 to fly the teacher back home to the UK[/caption]
However, the 27-year-old teacher fell ill with flu-like symptoms in late August and was admitted to hospital.
Despite his condition improving, Christopher was found dead in his flat on Thursday.
Best friend, Hilary Nisbet said: “Christopher became very ill with a with flu and sickness three weeks ago.
“He went to the hospital to be treated around two weeks after this happened and was released.
“Although he told his family last week on Thursday he was feeling better, he was found dead in his flat on Friday morning.”
The family were later told it was going to cost an estimated £20,000 to fly the teacher back home to the UK.
Hilary, who launched a GoFundMe to try and help Christopher’s family with the costs, said: “Everyone is really shocked.
“They have told the family that the estimated costs to bring him home are between £15,000-£20,000 which the family have to cover, so the GoFundMe page is for everyone else to support them with this payment.
“They will receive a £5,000 employment payment, and the insurance will cover some Chinese illnesses and the amount they will get back depends on which one it is.”
The 27-year-old teacher fell ill with flu-like symptoms in late August and was admitted to hospital[/caption]
She added that for now, the family will have to “pay out everything upfront and anything they can claim back will take up to 12 weeks.”
Hilary added: “His friends and family remember him well for his love for chicken, he would regularly eat at Nando’s and cook roast chicken whenever possible. Never has a man been so excited about chicken!
“He even had a chicken hat he would wear at Christmas time. Whenever his friends were hungover at University he would come round to see us in the morning with orange juice, coconut water and chicken and nurse everyone back to health.
“The positivity and support has been overwhelming because Chris had such an incredible impact on everyone he met.
“He was always kind and funny and always willing to try something new.
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“He was also diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was growing up but it never stopped him from achieving so much and making so many wonderful connections with everyone he met.”
A spokesman for the Foreign Office told The Sun: ““We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Chongqing, and are in contact with the Chinese authorities.”
Friends say he was always kind and funny and willing to try something new[/caption]
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