Adil El Tayar



Age: 63

Died: March 25, 2020 London, UK

Profession: Surgeon NHS

A consultant who gave his life volunteering in emergency as an NHS surgeon, died on March 25, aged 64. An organ transplant consultant, he graduated from the University of Khartoum in 1982.

An organ transplant consultant has become the first working NHS surgeon to die in the UK from coronavirus.

Adil El Tayar had worked around the world including in Saudi Arabia, Sudan as well as at St Mary’s and St George’s hospitals in London.

His family said Dr El Tayar died on 25 March at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, west London.

The British Ambassador to Sudan has paid tribute along with journalist Zeinab Badawi – Dr El Tayar’s cousin.

Dr El Tayar had been self-isolating after developing symptoms around mid-March and he was admitted to hospital on 20 March.

The 63-year-old had tested positive for coronavirus and spent his final days in intensive care, his 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,” he said.

“Adil was someone who was central to our family, who was well-respected by so many people.

“Since his death on Wednesday I have had hundreds of text messages from his colleagues and friends. He will be sorely missed.”


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