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Doctor who died suddenly was a 'beautiful human being'

Muhanad Noward Eltayib who died suddenly on Monday.

Tributes have been paid to a doctor at the Royal Victoria Hospital who died suddenly this week.

Muhanad Noward Eltayib had worked as a registrar at the Belfast hospital, although it is believed he may have been off work for some time prior to his death.

There is no suggestion at this time that Dr Eltayib had contracted or died of Covid-19.

Police were called to his Donegall Quay apartment on Monday after friends of Dr Eltayib were unable to contact him over the weekend.

The death of 36-year-old cardiac surgeon, originally from from Sudan, has shocked colleagues at the RVH.

A Belfast Trust spokesman said: "We are saddened to have learned of the death of our esteemed colleague. We send out our deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues at this difficult time."

Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, the The Lord Lieutenant of Belfast said she was "greatly saddened to learn of the death of Dr Muhanad Noward Eltayib. To his family and professional colleagues at the RVH, they extend their most profound sympathies".

Journalist and writer Joe Nawaz said Dr Eltayib was "part of the team that looked after my mum when she underwent a very serious heart procedure at the Royal".

"He visited her every day just to see how she was getting on. A beautiful human being by all accounts".

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