A renowned organ transplant specialist has become the first working NHS surgeon to die from coronavirus in Britain.
Adil El Tayar, who died on Wednesday at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, west London, is thought to have contracted the virus while working at a hospital in the Midlands.
He had been self-isolating after developing symptoms around mid-March and he was admitted to hospital on 20 March.
The 63-year-old tested positive for coronavirus and spent his final days in intensive care.
Dr El Tayer’s career saw him work at hospitals around the world, including in Saudi Arabia, Sudan and two of London’s biggest hospitals – St Mary’s and St George’s.
The consultant’s cousin, Dr Hisham El Khidir, said: “His son was really scared that he wasn’t going to make it. This disease is horrible and is going to cause more heartbreak for many more families for weeks to come.
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