Coronavirus: in memory of deceased NHS workers


Image showing the faces of some of those who died

A midwife from Hong Kong. A hospital cleaner turned nurse. A retired village doctor who continued to care for his former patients.

Thousands of people in the UK have now died from coronavirus, including doctors, nurses, surgeons and other NHS workers.

The government has said that 19 NHS workers have died so far, with doctors who have retired among those who have lost their lives.

Here are some of the stories of those who died.

Gareth Roberts

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Mr. Roberts worked as a nurse in the Cardiff and Vale Health Council area

Gareth Roberts had worked as a nurse at Cardiff and Vale health council sites since the 1980s.

Mr. Roberts retired in December 2014 before returning to work in January 2015.

The board of health said he was “extremely popular, fun and appreciated,” while staff said he was “a kind and helpful person.”

Mr. Roberts died at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

He is survived by his wife, son and grandson.

Julie Omar, 52

Julie Omar had worked as a sister in Ward 14 at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and had previously worked with the trauma team at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

She was a “much loved member” of her nursing team, said the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and a “dedicated and highly experienced nurse in trauma and orthopedics.”

She had developed symptoms and was isolating herself, but her condition deteriorated and she died at home on Friday.

Mrs. Omar, leaves a husband, Laith, and an adult daughter.

In a letter to staff, the CEO of the trust, Matthew Hopkins, said that “the tragic consequences of this epidemic were even closer to home than they already were.”

He thanked them for their “continued commitment and dedication” during the pandemic.

Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53

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Dr. Chowdhury has been described by family and friends as “compassionate” and “so caring”

A married father of two, Dr. Chowdhury was a consultant urologist at Homerton University Hospital in east London.

Her son Intisar described the consulting urologist as a “kind and compassionate hero” who “suffered so much” when he wrote a call to government on Facebook, warning of the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS workers.

“He wrote this message while he was in this state, just because of how much he cared about his colleagues,” said his son.

A family friend and medical colleague, Golam Rahat Khan, said that Dr. Chowdhury loved singing and enjoyed celebrating Bengali and English culture and heritage.

“He was so attentive that he called us very often to come to his house,” he added.

Dr. Chowdhury died on April 8.

Dr Edmond Adedeji, 62

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Dr. Adedeji was the father of three children and also had three grandchildren

Dr. Edmond Adedeji worked as an alternate clerk in the emergency department of the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire.

“He died doing a job he loved, serving others before him,” his family said in a statement.

The hospital’s chief executive added that he was “a respected and valued member of the team.”

Dr. Adedeji died on April 8.

Alice Kit Tak Ong, 70 years old

Ms. Ong “loved her job,” said daughter Melissa to the PA news agency.

She said her mother came to London from Hong Kong in the 1970s to join the NHS “because she believed it was the best in the world.”

Ms. Ong began her career as a midwife and worked full time in two surgeries and ran baby clinics before falling ill.

She died on April 7.

Leilani Dayrit, 47

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Leilani Dayrit was based at St Cross Rugby Hospital

Sister Leilani Dayrit died of suspected coronavirus after showing symptoms at work, said her daughter.

Mary Dayrit, 19, said her mother was “selfless to the end” and “put the well-being of others before hers.”

She suffered from asthma and had been isolating herself at home for seven days before dying on April 7. She had stopped breathing and the paramedics were unable to resuscitate her.

Mary said her mother was a compassionate woman who “made sure to spread joy, happiness and love to everyone who needed it.” “

Janice Graham, 58

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Colleagues Remember Ms. Graham for “Kindness and Compassion”

Ms. Graham was the first NHS worker in Scotland to die from a coronavirus.

“My mom was there for me no matter what. I’m going to miss everything about it, ”her son told STV News.

A health care support worker and district nurse, Ms. Graham died at the Royal Inverclyde Hospital on April 6.

Dr Syed Haider

“Our father has been a selfless and compassionate doctor for over 50 years,” said Dr. Haider’s daughter to the BBC in a statement.

“His dedication to helping people everywhere, whether professionally or personally, was unwavering.

“We are truly amazed at the number of people who have reached out to share a story of his kindness, and continue to receive moving tributes from colleagues, patients, friends and family,” said Samina Haider.

The Valence Medical Center in Dagenham, east London, confirmed the death of Dr. Haider on April 6.

Aimee O’Rourke, 39


Nurse and mother of three, Mrs. O’Rourke died at the hospital where she worked

O’Rourke was “such a kind and caring nurse” who had “a truly special relationship with her patients and colleagues,” said the director of the acute medical unit in which she worked.

“Nursing was something she had always wanted to do, although she got there relatively late after raising her daughters. “

The 39-year-old woman died at the hospital where she worked – Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, in Margate, Kent – on April 2.

Areema Nasreen, 36

Ms. Nasreen worked as a hospital cleaner before graduating as a nurse in 2019.

She died on April 2 at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands – the hospital where she had worked for 16 years.

“We lost an incredible nurse, but we also lost an incredible person in life,” said his sister Kazeema Nasreen.

The CEO of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust said that Ms. Nasreen “had always said she was so blessed to have the role of a nurse, which she absolutely loved because she wanted to feel as if she could make a difference – and you did, Areema, you will make her be very much missed. ”

Lynsay Coventry, 54

The grandmother “followed her dream” and trained as a midwife later in life, her family said in a statement.

“She was a well-respected midwife who supported hundreds of women as they welcomed their babies around the world,” they added.

Ms. Coventry worked at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex for 10 years. She died on April 2.

Pooja Sharma

Sharma, who worked as a pharmacist at the Eastbourne District General Hospital, was the “family superstar,” said her brother.

“His irresistible laughter, his sense of humor and his good nature would light up our world and fill it with colors. For this, I am eternally grateful that Pooja is my sister.

“For me, Pooja would always be the little protector or the shield when I did something mischievous and she would cover me with my parents. “

Dr Fayez Ayache, 76 years old

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Dr. Ayache’s daughter said he was “the most dedicated doctor”

Dr. Ayache stopped working a month before his death, but his family say they think he continued to visit patients at their homes to help.

The retired general practitioner, who worked for the NHS in Suffolk for more than 40 years, “often came back and checked [former patients] were OK, “said daughter Layla Ayache.

“He was basically a rural village doctor,” she added.

He also helped raise funds for refugee charities to help people in Syria, where he was born.

Ayache said that “her father’s whole life was divided between family and work,” adding, “That’s all he really lived for, those are the two things.”

He died on April 8.

Jitendra Rathod, 62

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Former colleagues of Dr. Rathod said he was “a talented, competent and kind clinician”

A father of two, Jitendra Rathod was a “much loved” specialty heart surgeon at Wales University Hospital in Cardiff, where he spent 25 years.

The executive director of the board of health said he was a “great” surgeon who his colleagues would miss.

Mr. Rathod died on April 6 in the intensive care unit of the hospital.

Rebecca Mack, 29

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Friend said Ms. Mack was “one of a kind”

The nurse had worked in the children’s cancer unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle before taking on other positions in the health sector.

“She was a devoted friend, an incredible nurse and a shameless person,” said one of her friends in a Facebook article.

Ms. Mack was not believed to have dealt directly with patients before becoming ill.

She died on April 5.

Glen Corbin, 59

A healthcare assistant, Mr. Corbin has worked for over 25 years at the Park Royal Center for Mental Health in north-west London.

“He was the” go to “person who knew everything about the service and how to get things done,” said Claire Murdoch, chief of the NHS local trust, adding that he was “the backbone” of his team.

Mr. Corbin died on April 4.

Dr Anton Sebastianpillai

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MP Ed Davey said he had the “privilege” of meeting with Dr. Sebastianpillai to discuss health services as well as Tamil history

A published historian, Dr. Sebastianpillai trained at a medical school in Sri Lanka and specialized in the treatment of the elderly at Kingston Hospital in south-west London.

He was “highly respected as a consultant and author,” said Ed Davey, interim chief of Lib Dem.

He described the consultant geriatrician’s book, A Complete Illustrated History of Sri Lanka, as “world class”.

Dr. Sebastianpillai, who was 70 years old, died on April 4.

Liz Glanister, 68

Glanister was a long-time nurse at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool.

“We are very proud to see how many lives Liz has touched,” said her family in a statement.

“Losing a loved one at any time is heartbreaking, but going through it like us and many other families is heartbreaking.”

Ms. Glanister – center illustrated below – died on April 3 at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Prof Sami Shousha, 79

Professor Shousha was an honorary professor of histopathology at Imperial College London and has worked in the UK cancer research laboratories at London’s Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals since 1978.

He died on April 2.

Dr Alfa Saadu, 68 years old


Dr. Saadu’s family said he has worked for the NHS for nearly 40 years at various hospitals in London

“Living legend” Dr. Alfa Saadu, who returned to work after his retirement, died in hospital on March 31.

His family said he worked part-time at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, before contracting the virus.

Her son Dani Saadu said the family suggested he go to the hospital, but his father insisted that he “didn’t want to take a hospital bed because others would need it” .

Saadu added, “He was a very passionate man who cared about saving people … he enjoyed lecturing people in the medical world, he did it in the UK and in Africa. “

Thomas Harvey, 57

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Colleague said Mr. Harvey contracted the virus at work after treating a patient who then tested positive

Father of seven, Thomas Harvey, 57, was a health care assistant at Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford, east London.

His family criticized the NHS for the lack of personal protective equipment provided to staff, saying that he “had just had gloves and a fragile apron.”

He died at home on March 29 after feeling bad for several days.

Modified El-Hawrani

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Amged El-Hawrani’s family thanked his NHS colleagues for working “tirelessly” to save him

Consulting in the ears, nose and throat at Derby and Burton university hospitals, Mr. El-Hawrani’s family said he was “a loving and very loving husband, son, father, brother and friend.” love “.

“His greatest passions were his family and his profession, and he dedicated his life to both,” they said.

El-Hawrani died at the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester on March 28.

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76 years old

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Dr. Zaidi worked as a general practitioner at Leigh-on-Sea for over 47 years

Dr. Zaidi was managing partner of a general practice with his wife, Dr. Talat Zaidi. Their four children all work in the medical profession.

His daughter, Dr. Sarah Zaidi, said that his death “reflected his sacrifice” and that he had “a vocational attitude to service.”

His colleague, Dr. Jose Garcia-Lobera, said he left an “incredible legacy” and was “an extremely respected altruistic man who has dedicated his life to helping others”.

Dr. Zaidi died in intensive care at Southend Hospital, Essex, on March 25.

Adil El Tayar, 63


Adil El Tayar had worked in Saudi Arabia and Sudan – as well as in St Mary’s and St George’s hospitals in London

Renowned surgeon, Dr. El Tayar worked at the NHS for 11 years before returning to his native Sudan to help establish a transplant program.

He returned to the UK in 2015, working as a surgeon before his death.

He made the “precious gift of life to so many people around the world,” wrote surgeon colleague Abbas Ghazanfar in a tribute.

“He was an excellent colleague, a truly humble soul and above all a noble human being. “

He died at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, west London, on 25 March.


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