Four Muslim doctors first to die on front line of the coronavirus pandemic in Britain

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From left: Adil El Tayar, Alfa Sa'adu, Habib Zaidi and Amged el-Hawrani who laid their lives fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK [Images courtesy Al Jazeera]

By Muslim Mirror Desk

London: The United Kingdom is paying huge  tribute to  four immigrant Muslim doctors who laid their life  on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic  after contracting COVID-19.

All four medical practitioners were immigrants of Muslim backgrounds, according to media reports.

The deceased doctors who made the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ were identified as Sudanese surgeon Dr Adil El Tayar of Hereford, Sudanese-born Dr Amged El Hawrani of Burton, Dr Habib Zaidi of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, a GP of Pakistani origin and Dr Alfa Sa’adu, of Nigerian origin.

Dr Adil El Tayar

64-year-old Dr Adil El Tayar became the first working NHS surgeon in the UK to die from coronavirus.

A leading organ transplant consultant, Dr Tayar breathe his last on 25 March at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, west London.

Dr Tayar came to the United Kingdom in the early 1990s from Sudan and had worked around the world. His skills had saved many lives in countries including in Saudi Arabia, Sudan before returning to London to help the NHS on the frontlines of the outbreak.

Tayar is survived by his wife and four children. His son Osman and daughter Abeer El Taya also work as doctors in the NHS.

Dr Habib Zaidi

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, a family General Practitioner, had left a “gaping” hole after his death due to coronavirus.

24 hours after being taken ill on Tuesday, Dr Zaidi of Essex died in intensive care at Southend Hospital in Essex on 27 March after being infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Dr Amged El Hawrani

NHS consultant Amged El-Hawrani passed away at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.

Known to his colleagues s Amged, the 55-year-old doctor was work during the coronavirus crisis and seemingly contracted the virus while treating patients.

Amged had been on life support for nearly two weeks before breathing his last on the evening of Saturday, March 28.

Alfa Saadu

68 years-old retired physician Alfa Sa’adu is the fourth UK doctor in Britain to die after contracting the coronavirus infection.

Sa’adu, who lives in the United Kingdom had return back at work to help during the outbreak but after fighting coronavirus for a fortnight died on Tuesday morning, March 31.

British author J. K. Rowling pays tribute the three heroes. She wrote,” May we NEVER forget what immigrants, and their children and grandchildren, have given this country, especially our health service.”

Paying tributes to these bravehearts British author J. K. Rowling wrote,” May we NEVER forget what immigrants, and their children and grandchildren, have given this country, especially our health service.”

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