LONDON/MANCHESTER: A Pakistani plastic surgeon, who was working temporarily at the Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), succumbed to the viral COVID-19 after staying on a ventilator for over three weeks.
Dr Furqan Ali Siddiqui graduated from Dow Medical College in 1991-2, but specialised in plastic surgery and was considered a thorough professional in the field.
The deceased’s family is still in Pakistan, including six of his children who will be unable to attend his last rites due to the travel restrictions. Dr Siddiqui will be buried in the UK.
Dr Shabi Ahmed, who serves as Consultant Urologist and President of DOGANE (Dow overseas graduates of Northern Europe), “Dr Furqan’s classmates are arranging his burial at the moment but it is extremely heartbreaking that no one from his family will be able to attend his funeral or bury him.”
Commenting on his colleague’s passing, Dr Salman Shahid said, “Another asset of Pakistan lost. He was serving in the frontlines at MRI when he caught COVID-19 and ultimately lost his life. May Allah bless him with Jannah and give patience to his family and loved ones.”
Dr Siddiqui’s friends recall how he used to treat patients for free in Karachi and how much he cared about the poor and the weak. The surgeon’s wife is also a doctor.
Previously, Dr Habib Zaidi, Dr Shahid Sattar, Dr Maimoona Rana, Dr Nasir Khan and other Pakistani origin doctors have also lost their lives to the viral infection in the UK. Over 26,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the UK, while more than 170,000 have been infected by the viral disease. The Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johson stated that the peak of the coronavirus had passed but regardless of that, 674 people died in the previous 24 hours period.-Web Desk