The heartbroken brother of an ‘amazing’ surgeon who died from Covid shortly before he was due his booster jab today warned that virus cases are ‘going up every day’ and ‘eventually it will affect someone you love in a very bad way’.
Dr Irfan Halim, 45, passed away at Royal Brompton Hospital in West London on November 14 following a nine-week battle with the virus and two months after his father Kamal, 75, also a doctor, died in another London hospital from Covid on September 24.
His bereft younger sibling Dr Amir Halim, who is also a medic, today paid tribute to his brother who swapped from surgery to treating covid patients for a year until he fell ill. Colleagues described him as being like ‘ten men in one body’, who had treated 250,000 patients throughout his career.
‘We have struggled, saying it’s been the worst two months of my life is an understatement. Cases are going up every day. This virus doesn’t care if you are gifted, rich or poor. It will continue to affect lives unless we take necessary actions which include getting vax and boosters and limiting unnecessary contacts. Eventually it will affect someone you love in a very bad way’, Amir said.
He added: ‘He will always be big brother to me, he was a loyal and loving son. A father, son and uncle. The sheer volume of things he achieved, looking after his wife and four kids, multiple degrees. He touched a lot of lives, knew he was gifted and had the abilities to help a lot of people in many ways and never asked for anything in return. I will make sure his two sons and two daughters grow up knowing what an amazing person their father was’.
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