An orthopaedic surgeon has died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Sadeq Elhowsh, 58, a father of four had worked for St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Merseyside for 17 years, died at Whiston Hospital.

a spokesman for the health trust said:

It is with great sadness that we announce that Sadeq Elhowsh, a long-serving orthopaedic surgeon with St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has sadly passed away at Whiston Hospital and had tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19).

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

In a statement, Sadeq’s family said:

Sadeq was a wonderful husband, as well as a devoted father, and he dearly loved his family. We cannot put into words the depth of our loss. He loved his work and was dedicated to supporting his patients and his colleagues. As a family we are extremely appreciative for all the kind words and messages we have received. We would like to take this time to grieve in private.

Sadeq Elhowsh's family
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Ravi Gudena, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, said:

Nothing was ever too much trouble for Sadeq, he was always there to help anyone and was happy to do whatever was needed to help his colleagues and patients.

Ravi Gudena, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Ann Marr OBE, Chief Executive, said:

Sadeq will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him. He was without doubt a much loved member of the team. All our thoughts are with Sadeq’s family and friends at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences.

Ann Marr OBE, Chief Executive