Hundreds of UHDB colleagues and patients have joined together to pay tribute to our dear friend and colleague Mr Amged El-Hawrani, who sadly passed away on Saturday (28 March).
Amged was an Associate Clinical Director and Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant at Queen’s Hospital Burton, Tamworth and Lichfield, and touched the lives of many during his time at our Trust.
In the words of Gavin Boyle, our Chief Executive, Amged was such a "valued and much loved colleague" and the "whole UHDB family are desperately saddened" by his passing, after contracting COVID-19.
We have seen an outpouring of love and affection for Amged from colleagues, past and present, on our social media pages – you can find a few examples below:
Dr Mark Johnston, Derby ENT Consultant, will be taking part in a 24-hour charity static bike ride in Amged's name on 1 April. We're delighted to say that more than £2,000 has been raised already for Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity.
He said: “We have lost a colleague, who was well respected and we feel deeply saddened for his family and friends. As medics we are taught to cope with bereavement, but rarely is it a colleague doing the job he loved to help others.
Dr Jacob Samuel, retired QHB Consultant Paediatrician, said: “He was an excellent surgeon and a dear friend and I am deeply saddened by his loss while caring for his patients. My heart goes out to his family and I express my deepest condolences. May his soul rest in peace.”
Ophthalmic theatre practitioner Sree said: “I can never forget you sir. You are the first one who helped me increase my confidence in my work. I will never forget that day and I still believe that was the best thing to happen to me at work.”
Student nurse Georgia added: “Feel very lucky to have worked with Mr El-Hawrani during one of my placements. An awful feeling to lose a fantastic medic to this horrible virus, I will never forget how he made me feel part of the team and valued my education.”
We have also received hundreds of messages of condolence from members of the public, many of whom witnessed Amged’s compassion first hand:
Stacey Fantom wrote: “Thank you for your sacrifice. You are a hero amongst many your dedication and hard work helped so many. What a terrible loss for the world. May you be at peace now.”
Kelly Martin said: “He transformed our son's life when he was a very poorly 3 year old. We have been grateful to him every day since. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues.”
Jacky Marples said: “I was under the care of Mr El-Hawrani last year for several months & he performed my thyroid surgery. He was possibly the best consultant I’ve ever met, an utterly professional and compassionate man.”
Donna Pagel added: “I’m so sorry to hear such sad news. You changed my 9 year old’s life after 2 weeks. You operated on him and I will be forever grateful. Thankyou from the bottom of our hearts.”