Blanch students’ blessing for heroic doctor who died of Covid-19

by Sylvia Pownall

Students at a Blanchardstown school have recorded a video in memory of a heroic frontline doctor who succumbed to Covid-19.

Dr Syed Waqqar Ali, whose children attend the Le Cheile school in Hollystown, sadly died from the virus while working at the Mater Hospital.

The 60-year-old from Pakistan, who had worked in the Irish health service for more than 15 years, passed away in July after battling coronavirus.

Now students have recorded a special version of ‘The Blessing’ – during Level 3 restrictions and in an area with one of the highest rates of Covid-19 in Dublin.

Assistant principal Eoin Walshe told Dublin Gazette: “We are a community in mourning for one of our parents, the heroic Dr Syed Waqqar Ali.

“We wanted to share a message of hope to our school community and the wider world. We hope you are blessed by it as we all journey together in this challenging time.”

The YouTube recording has already had more than 2,700 views as it spreads positivity and a sense of solidarity throughout the community.

The intro says: “Students and staff at Le Cheile secondary school have come together at this challenging time to sing a blessing over our school and nation.

“We pray for all those affected by the pandemic, and we give thanks for all those on the frontline. We remember in a special way a loving father and heroic doctor, Dr Sayed Waqqar Ali.”

Dr Ali was working as a locum consultant at the Mater Hospital and was admitted in April with the viral infection. He was treated in ICU for three months before he sadly lost his fight.

The dad-of-five was remembered by colleagues as a “quiet” and “noble” doctor whose diligence and hard work provided “selfless” emergency care to Covid-19 patients. You can view the video below.

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