Heartbroken wife says ‘devoted’ father-of-four, 45, lost Covid battle ‘after catching virus on a ward’ despite having second vaccine in January

  • Saila Halim revealed her husband Dr Irfan Halim had a shot last year and a second in January but still died
  • The leading surgeon passed away at Royal Brompton Hospital in London on November 14 at 7.51pm, she said
  • Mrs Halim said she did not think he had booster before he died surrounded by relatives after nine-week battle
  • She said the family had decided not to tell him his father Kamal, 75, died in another London hospital from virus
  • He was also double jabbed but died of Covid-19 at Northwick Park Hospital, north London, on September 24

By Vivek Chaudhary and James Gant For Mailonline and Connor Boyd Deputy Health Editor For Mailonline

Published: 18:03 AEDT, 19 November 2021 | Updated: 04:43 AEDT, 20 November 2021

A hero surgeon who died of Covid while saving patients on the frontline was double-vaccinated but caught the virus just days before boosters became available, his devastated family has revealed.

Grieving widow Saila Halim said Dr Irfan Halim, 45, passed away at Royal Brompton Hospital in West London on November 14 following a nine-week battle with the virus.

The doctor, who had no known health conditions, received his second vaccine in January but was struck down by the disease on September 10, six days before Britain’s booster programme was given the green-light.

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