A Tribute to the Deceased Frontline Heroes

Photos from their social media accounts, Al Watan, Al Shorouk, and Ahram online papers

Doctor Waleed Yahia

The 32-year-old gynaecologist at El Monira Hospital, a newly-wed with a four-month-old son. He contracted COVID19 during his service, and his condition rapidly deteriorated until he passed away. His death stirred controversy, since his family and some colleagues affiliated his death with negligence to healthcare staff’s health. Yet, the Health Ministry’s press release blamed his colleagues, stating that he might have been rescued if they took faster action. Regardless of the cause, may his courageous soul rest in peace.

Doctor Muhammed AbdelBaset El Gabry

“Doctor El Ghalaba”, Arabic for the carer for the less-privileged, is what they called him. Originally from El Badrashin city in Giza, the Imbaba Fever Hospital doctor was one of the most genuine heroes on the frontlines, offering free help to COVID19 and suspect cases in his village and nearby villages as well. According to his colleagues, he resumed helping patients even after he contracted the virus. May his giving soul rest in peace.

Doctor Ahmed El Lawah

Head of the Medical Analysis Department at Al Azhar University. The 57-year-old from Port Said was the first doctor in Egypt to fall in the battle against Corona Virus. He had direct contact with diagnosed COVID19 patients; it’s how he contracted the disease. May he rest in peace.

Doctor Hesham El Saket

The Vice-Dean of Cairo University’s Faculty of Medicine and established paediatrician and plastic surgeon passed away after being diagnosed with Corona. El Saket dedicated his life to his patients, making trips to less-privileged villages to help its patients. His wife who is also a doctor, despite her current hardship and challenges, recorded a video to encourage all doctors to keep moving forward and stick to their duties to save people’s lives. May he rest in peace.

The list of the healthcare heroes who sacrificed their lives for us to live is just endless. No amount of gratitude will ever be enough. May they all rest in eternal peace!

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