The NHS suffered its first casualty to COVID-19 as 63-year-old surgeon Adil El Tayar tragically passed away after contracting the Coronavirus.
Adil El Tayer was an organ transplant specialist who volunteered at an A&E department in the Midlands where he was assisting the NHS in treating COVID-19 patients.
The 63-year-old surgeon began to show symptoms of the coronavirus two weeks ago at which point he began self-isolation. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated and he was rushed to hospital where he was placed on a ventilator.
He, unfortunately, succumbed to the virus on Wednesday. He leaves behind a wife and four children, two of whom are also doctors assisting the NHS during this time of crisis.
His cousin Zeinab Badawi told BBC Radio how Adil “wanted to be deployed where he would be most useful in the crisis,”
Going on to explain how quickly the virus had taken away the life of his cousin, he went on to say:
“It had taken just 12 days for Adil to go from a seemingly fit and capable doctor working in a busy hospital to lying in a hospital morgue.”
Upon hearing the tragic news about his passing, the British ambassador to Sudan Irfan Siddiq tweeted the following:
“Saddened to hear of Sudanese doctor Adel Altayar’s death in the UK from Covid-19.”
“Health workers around the world have shown extraordinary courage. We cannot thank them enough. In this fight we must listen to their advice.”
NHS staff and volunteers have put their lives on the line to assist those in need as the UK continues with its lockdown procedure to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The 63-year-old is just one of many examples of the great men and women putting their lives at risk during these dangerous times.