a doctor who spent the last two years saving the lives of covid-19 patients has died of the virus.

Dr Irfan Halim from Swindon's Great Western Hospital was taken ill on 10 September and died on 14 November.

"With a broken heart shattered in pieces beyond imagination I muster what little strength I have to write this message," she wrote.

the family's goal is £100,000.

He was treated at the same hospital for his symptoms and was then sent to the Royal Brompton Hospital in London for specialist care.

His wife Saila Halim paid tribute to her husband, describing how he passed away "peacefully" in her arms.

she said her husband gave her "15 magical years as your wife, four beautiful children.

She said he dedicated 25 years of work to the NHS.

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

dr irfan halim stayed away from his family for four months at the height of the pandemic to protect them while he was working in covid-19 wards.

he collapsed during a shift on 10 september.

He was treated in intensive care in Swindon until 23 September, when he was transferred to The Royal Brompton in London to receive specialist life support.

Dr Halim was placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation ( ECMO ), a machine that temporarily replaces the function of the heart and lungs.

close friends and family said they set up the page for his wife and children "to ease the burden" of losing irfan.

Dr Halim, described as a "wonderful, talented and incredible NHS doctor who worked hard to help others", was the sole source of income for his family.

his wife said the day he collapsed from covid-19 was "just another day saving lives".

"he fought hard to be with his children every day.

Phoenix D, another contributor, called Dr Halim's death a "devastating loss".

"this guy was a genius, and i was so sure he would pull through.

The death of Dr Irfan Halim came after a nine-week battle with the virus, which he contracted only two months after he joined the Covid intensive care unit wards at Swindon hospital.

It was the longest shift. ’ A GoFundMe page has been set up for Halim, already raising more than £80,000.

A surgeon who died of Covid was double-vaccinated, it has been revealed.

"He was an incredible husband, father and son.

"We all feel empty and I'm not coping.

She added : "I never tried to stop him from working with Covid patients because that was his life; caring for people."

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