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Double-plug NHS doctor who died of Covid after spending months away from family missing booster of days reveals wife

The NHS hero, who died of Covid after months away from his family, was just days away from boosters coming in, his wife has revealed.

Heartbroken Saila Halim has told how her hard-working husband was double-minded and would have been eager to get his third dose.

Dr.  Irfan Halim tragically lost his nine-week battle with the coronavirus


Dr. Irfan Halim tragically lost his nine-week battle with the coronavirus

But tragically, Dr. Irfan Halim, 45, the killer virus while caring for patients, a few days before the booster rollout began.

He had his second jab in January and was then hit by Covid on September 10 – he battled the virus for nine weeks before tragically dying.

The beloved doctor has been remembered as a devoted father of four who worked tirelessly throughout his 25-year career treating more than 250,000 patients.

Destroyed Salia said her partner went to work at Swindon Hospital and never came home.

She announced with a “broken heart shattered beyond imagination” that he was dead.

The grieving wife told the Daily Mail: “My husband worked away from London and I’m not sure what vaccine he received but he was double vaccinated and always wore full PPE when he was on the wards.

“It’s a double tragedy for the family and we’re in too much pain to consider anything else.”

She recounted how he died just two months after starting work on the Covid ICUs at Great Western Hospital, Swindon.

It is believed he caught the virus before collapsing on a shift, and spent the next nine weeks seriously ill.

The 45-year-old father was surrounded by his family on his last day.

Salia said, “I held him in my arms and whispered prayers and love. We have lost our hero. He was an incredible husband, father and son. He was a best friend to the whole family.

“We all feel empty and I can not handle it. He was my life, my world, my everything. Nothing could have prepared us for this.”

The doctor had been at the front line of the Covid battle since its outbreak in 2020, and September 10 was just another day that saved lives.


A colleague said, “Like a fighter, he never gave up. He kept believing he would recover.”

A friend said that Dr. Halim did not smoke or drink and was someone who just “help people all the time”.

They also said he struggled hard to be with his children, the youngest of whom is five, every day and had dedicated 25 years of his work in the NHS.

In a heartbreaking post on social media, Ms. Halim said: “Irfan you gave me 15 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 of service to the NHS, where you worked as a chief physician.

“Please remember him in your prayers and duas and mountains of strength for his children for the pain of losing a wonderful, beloved father at such a tender age.

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

You were the definition of service to others

Hash Syed

The medical community has shared their grief over the loss of the widely respected surgeon.

He held one of the highest number of practices in the UK, where he saw around 300 new patients each month and performed over 1,200 procedures annually.

Hash Syed, a colleague who worked with Dr. Halim about building a new digital healthcare platform, praised: “I would appreciate the fun we had building Entero in the Antler hub near Liverpool Street.

“Whether it’s you riding your scooter or our favorite burger bar.

“You were the definition of service to others, and believe in more. A man with many talents across being a doctor, pilot and lawyer.

“Most important of all, loving father and husband and a good friend.”

Mrs. Halim also said: “He was the embodiment of ethics, unconditional friendship, a Renaissance man with many skills, a scholar who has taught thousands.

“He was 10 men in one body.”

A GoFundMe page has been created for Dr. Halim’s family and has already raised more than £ 80,000.

The UK daily Covid case drops by more than a fifth in a month, but the number of deaths rises by 201 in a day after the winter booster request

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