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Expat doc dies after a 105-day battle with coronavirus

Last updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014 11:57 PM
Dr. Hajir Muhammad Ali





Adel Babkair
Okaz/Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH – Female doctor Hajir Muhammad Muhammad Ali passed away last week in Jeddah leaving behind her husband and children to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr alone. She died of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) after battling the deadly coronavirus for 105 days.

Wiping off his tears, Hajir’s husband, Salah Othman, said his wife suffered tremendously due to the virus, which she contracted while treating a female patient who visited her clinic.

A few days later, she felt her temperature rising and started coughing. It was her day-off so she went to a polyclinic where the doctor prescribed her a painkiller and an antibiotic. But her temperature did not subside. Instead, it continued to rise and it was then that Hajir suspected she was suffering from MERS-coronavirus.

“The next day, I took Hajir to the emergency room of the medical center where she used to work. The tests and analyses showed she was suffering from an acute lack of oxygen and severe inflammation of the lungs,” said the bereaved husband.

Hajir was transferred to the National Guard Medical City where they ran tests for coronavirus. “The first and second tests were negative but the third turned out positive and she was admitted immediately to the ICU,” Othman said.

He said the medical team started treatment by giving her anti-virus medicines and her condition started improving.

“A whole day passed and then the doctors noticed brain hemorrhage. She slipped into a coma and did not regain consciousness until she died,” said Othman, who was unable to control his grief.

Hajir was buried in the Bani Malik graveyard after funeral prayers at Palestine Mosque, off Prince Miteb Street following Isha prayers Saturday.
The female doctor has been working in the Kingdom for 15 years. She started her work in the Ministry of Health and got transferred to the National Guard Health Affairs.

A specialist in family medicine, Hajir participated in many scientific conferences. She obtained Saudi and British fellowships in family medicine.
Condolences can be offered at the deceased’s home close to East Jeddah Traffic Department in Al-Safa 9 District or by calling the mobile number 0563967227.

 
   
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