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Posted: 2020-03-29 15:17:10
  • Consultant Amged El-Hawrani, 55, passed away at Leicester Royal Infirmary 
  • Colleagues have paid tribute to Mr El-Hawrani, who died on Saturday evening
  • NHS England said he was the first confirmed hospital frontline worker to die
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A 55-year-old consultant has died after testing positive for coronavirus

Amged El-Hawrani who had tested positive for the disease, passed away at Leicester Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton have said. 

Colleagues have paid tribute to Mr El-Hawrani, who died on Saturday evening after testing positive for Covid-19.

A spokesman for Mr El-Hawrani's family said: 'Amged was a loving and much-loved husband, son, father, brother, and friend. His greatest passions were his family and his profession, and he dedicated his life to both. 

'He was the rock of our family, incredibly strong, compassionate, caring and giving. He always put everyone else before himself. We all turned to him when we needed support and he was always there for us. He had so many responsibilities and yet he never complained.

Consultant Amged El-Hawrani who had tested positive for the disease, passed away at Leicester Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton have said

Consultant Amged El-Hawrani who had tested positive for the disease, passed away at Leicester Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton have said

'Amged reached the very top of his profession and we know he made a difference to thousands of lives during his career. 

'He viewed his role as a doctor as one of life's most noble pursuits. He was also a leader, who educated many doctors who have subsequently become ENT consultants. We are incredibly proud of the legacy he has left behind and all that he has achieved.

'We would like to thank all those involved in his care for their kindness and compassion during his illness. They worked tirelessly for their patient, as he would have done for his own.

'Losing Amged is devastating for our family. Life without him is impossible to imagine but together, we will do all we can to honour his memory and live how he would have wanted us to.' 

NHS England said he was the first confirmed hospital frontline worker to die.

Mr El-Hawrani's son Ashraf said: 'Most of my Dad's time was dedicated towards his family, and the rest of that time was dedicated towards his profession. 'He taught me the significance of respect and equality. 

'He also stressed the importance of not worrying about the things I cannot control, which he displayed to me right up until the end of his life. 'He did not seek the praise and approval of others, he was satisfied by viewing the positive effects of his actions and the wellbeing of his family. 

'I am incredibly proud to say that for 18 years of my life, Amged El-Hawrani was my father.''

Gavin Boyle, chief executive at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB), said: 'Mr El-Hawrani, known to his colleagues as Amged, was an extremely hard working consultant and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) trainer who was well liked at the Trust and particularly at Queen's Hospital Burton where he worked.

'Amged played a leading role in the merger between the hospitals in Burton and Derby and helped bring the two clinical teams together. He was keen to support colleagues outside of ENT and was well known across a wide number of departments.

'He was known for his dedication and commitment to his patients. He had also raised funds for the hospitals, including climbing in the Himalayas with a group of friends some years ago. The whole UHDB family are desperately saddened at losing Amged who was such a valued and much loved colleague.

'On behalf of everyone here at UHDB, including our patients and the communities we serve, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family.

'We would also like to thank our colleagues at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust for their professionalism and the compassionate care they have shown for Amged and his family.'

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