A popular Scots YouTube star has been honored after his tragic death from a rare cancer.
David Macmillan is the first to learn about his devastating illness after suffering some shoulder pain.
But the pain will be a tragedy for the kitchen staff – when it was seen as a sign of terminal conditions.
The kitchen worker who runs a popular YouTube account at first thought he had brought an arm wrestling to have fun with his dad on New Year’s.
He thinks a little more about the pain he felt in January.
David contacted his doctor a few weeks later when the pain subsided, the Newcastle Evening Chronicle reported.
A nurse evaluated him and finally referred him to a physiotherapist.
But the 30-year-old never got an appointment because the country was engulfed in a coronavirus lockdown.
As David’s health began to deteriorate in April, his concerned GP sent him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a germ cell tumor, a very rare form of cancer that can occur when a baby grows in the womb.
Brave David refused to accept the course of chemotherapy he had undergone and aimed to shrink the tumor against his heart.
Earlier this month, however, doctors told his devoted mother, Diane Huin, that there was nothing more they could do.
And David died in his arms on 8 October.
Today, while Diane is suffering the heartache of losing her son, she is tormented by the thought that David’s life could have been saved if he had seen a doctor sooner.
And because she pays tribute to her son, the nurse urges all young people, regardless of the epidemic, not to delay receiving medical help.
Diane said: “It was possible for him all his life, but it was a silent killer because he was so healthy and fit. I just think if anyone examined him physically, we would soon find something.”
David was born in Scotland but has spent the last 20 years in Pegswood near Mopeth with his mom and stepfather Mark Win.
He worked in the kitchen at Morpeth First School where his sense of excitement and fun made him a great hit to the students.
Away from work, David divides his time between his two big passions, editing videos for the family’s two pet bulldogs and his YouTube channel Pirate Dog, which has 250,000 followers.
“He’s always been a normal boy,” Diane explained. “He was on his skateboarding, computer and he played Xbox.
“He made montage videos of DC and Marvel staff for YouTube hours he would sit for hours to edit videos.
“Whatever he did, he kept it 110%. He had such a sense of humor. He hid things at work, and kept an eye on school hours to make it look like he was looking at you. He knew all the kids by name.” You know which one prefers the blue tray or the red tray and which one prefers their beans away from their pizza. “
When David returned to the country after spending the New Year in Scotland with his father, he began to cry with tears on his shoulders and was also called David Macmillan. He also had a cough, his mother said.
He lowered the pain in an arm wrestling with his father and the cough subsided with steam.
But weeks later David began to feel more unwell and at the end of February Diane asked her son to see a doctor.
Unable to get a GP appointment, David was told by a nurse who advised him to take paracetamol and ibuprofen and referred him for physiotherapy.
But sadly the coronavirus lockdown started a few weeks later, and David never got his appointment.
“It was mid-March,” Diane explained. “We were waiting for his physio appointment and nothing happened until mid-April.
Diane began to suspect that David had made a serious mistake when he lost too much weight and stopped breathing after walking.
“He was always trying to lose weight, but he managed to lose a few stones,” he said. “Then at Easter he went to the store and when he came back he was out of breath.
“Then all of a sudden everything went well for me. My first idea was that it could be pneumonia. Covid wasn’t even in the mix for me because it lasted so long.”
Concerned Diane, 4, insisted that her son see her GP the next day and was rushed to Northambria Specialist Emergency Hospital in Cromlington.
Within hours it was discovered that David had a tumor in his chest, which was identified as a tumor of a cancerous germ cell.
As soon as he started treatment, doctors said that the success rate was 89%, David and his family are hopeful that he will overcome the disease.
“He was so positive about this whole thing,” Diane said. “He said he was going to fight perfectly. He said he was going to get better, and he would go back to work again.”
As the treatment began to hurt David, he told his YouTube subscribers why he hadn’t been uploading so many videos lately.
In a post on his channel, he wrote: “My health has deteriorated. I’ve had a lot of pain in my chest and back muscles that I recently found to be a tumor in my chest. And hopefully next month I’ll beat it
“Thanks to all my subscribers for making this channel bigger than I dreamed of. I hope to be back.”
The post encouraged lots of comments from well-wishers.
Diane said David was also comforted by the family dog, Rake It Ralph and Minnie.
“It looked like the dog just didn’t know he was sick,” he said. “They blamed him because he was David.”
Despite months of courageous struggles, at the end of September doctors told David and his family that the treatment was not working. And David was put on a ventilator to help him breathe.
“David himself decided to be implicit,” Diane explained. “He was still fighting. He saw that he had rested his body so that Chemo could do better.
“There was still hope, he wouldn’t come down without a fight.”
But the following week, David’s mentor told Diane that there was nothing more they could do for his son and that his family should say goodbye. On October 6, David died in his mother’s arms.
Diane said she would always wonder if things could be different for David, as he urged all young people to take their health seriously.
“If you have any concerns, doctors will tell you that you’re better off missing something than seeing you,” he said. “Young people often think they are invincible.”
David’s friends and family have created an online fundraising page in his memory for an organization called the Edward Foundation, which rescues and rescues bulldogs in homes.
Morpeth First School is also collecting harvested foodbanks in his name.