A 55-year-old hospital consultant has become the first frontline NHS worker to die after testing positive for coronavirus.
Amged El-Hawrani was an ear nose and throat (ENT) specialist at Queen’s Hospital Burton.
He died on Saturday evening at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, NHS England confirmed this afternoon.
His family paid tribute to him in an emotional statement, which described him as the ‘rock of our family’ who ‘always put everyone before himself’.
Today the number of UK deaths from the virus jumped by 209 from 1,019 to 1,228.
Amged El-Hawrani, 55, was an ear nose and throat (ENT) specialist at Queen’s Hospital Burton. He has become the first NHS frontline worker to die of coronavirus
The El-Hawrani family statement read: ‘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.
‘Amged reached the very top of his profession and we know he made a difference to thousands of lives during his career.
Mr El-Hawrani died at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester (pictured) yesterday after testing positive for COVID-19
One local in Burton, Derbyshire, tweeted to pay tribute to Dr El-Hawrani, claiming he saved her brother’s life from cancer aged just 23
‘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.’
Yesterday it was revealed that a doctor who returned to the Health Service to help the fight against the virus had died.
Dr Adil El Tayar, a volunteer NHS surgeon who returned to the Health Service, died on Wednesday at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth
Dr Adil El Tayar, an organ transplant surgeon, 63, died at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, west London on Wednesday.
The father-of-four volunteered at an A&E department in the West Midlands and returned home to London at the weekends.
Dr El-Hawrani is the first practicing hospital doctor to fall victim to the virus.
His son Ashraf added: ‘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.’