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Hero NHS surgeon dies of Covid after spending months away from his family

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Hero NHS surgeon dies of Covid after spending months away from his family on pandemic frontline and treating 250,000 patients over his career

  • Doctor Irfan Halim, 45, had been a top surgeon at Swindon Hospital in Wiltshire
  • He went to work on September 10 and never came home, passing away last week
  • Dr Halim had spent the past two years saving people on the coronavirus frontline










A surgeon who spent four months away from his family during the pandemic working on Covid wards has died after his own nine-week battle with the virus.

Dr Irfan Halim, 45, a devoted husband and dad to four children under the age of 12, was a skilled surgeon at Swindon Hospital in Wiltshire.

Described by his devastated wife as ‘ten men in one body’, Dr Halim went to work on September 10 and never came home. He died last weekend.

Dr Irfan Halim, 45, a devoted husband and dad to four children under the age of 12, was a skilled surgeon at Swindon Hospital in Wiltshire

Dr Irfan Halim, 45, a devoted husband and dad to four children under the age of 12, was a skilled surgeon at Swindon Hospital in Wiltshire

Described by his devastated wife as 'ten men in one body', Dr Halim went to work on September 10 and never came home. He died last weekend

Described by his devastated wife as ‘ten men in one body’, Dr Halim went to work on September 10 and never came home. He died last weekend

His wife Saila Halim said: ‘My beloved Irfan passed away on the Sunday, November 14 at 7.51pm peacefully whilst I held him in my arms whispering prayers and love into his ears along with his brother and sister surrounded by his beautiful friends.’

Dr Halim had spent the past two years saving Covid patients and September 10 was just another day saving lives.

He was on a ward round wearing his scrubs and collapsed at his workplace having allegedly caught this disease from work.

His wife Saila Halim said: 'My beloved Irfan passed away on the Sunday, November 14 at 7.51pm peacefully whilst I held him in my arms whispering prayers and love into his ears along with his brother and sister surrounded by his beautiful friends'

His wife Saila Halim said: ‘My beloved Irfan passed away on the Sunday, November 14 at 7.51pm peacefully whilst I held him in my arms whispering prayers and love into his ears along with his brother and sister surrounded by his beautiful friends’

Dr Halim was treated in Swindon Hospital intensive care unit for two weeks before being transferred to The Royal Brompton Hospital in London to receive treatment on a special artificial lung (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation).

A colleague said: ‘Being a fighter, he never gave up. He kept believing he would recover.

‘He didn’t smoke or drink, a friend said, and was someone who just ‘helped people all the time’.

In a heart-breaking post on social media, Mrs Halim said: 'Irfan you gave me fifteen magical years as your wife, four beautiful children, wonderful memories that will last me until my remaining days in this world.' Pictured: A post on his GoFundMe

In a heart-breaking post on social media, Mrs Halim said: ‘Irfan you gave me fifteen magical years as your wife, four beautiful children, wonderful memories that will last me until my remaining days in this world.’ Pictured: A post on his GoFundMe

In a heart-breaking post on social media, Mrs Halim said: ‘Irfan you gave me fifteen magical years as your wife, four beautiful children, wonderful memories that will last me until my remaining days in this world.

‘You gave 25 dedicated years service to the NHS working as a Consultant General Surgeon.

‘Irfan you were not only my best friend but a best friend to all our children and so many others.’

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