Lives of the fellows

Magid Mustafa El Sayed

b.12 August 1953 d.3 September 2017
MB BS Khartoum(1977) MRCP(1982) FRCP Edin(1994) FRCP(2007)

Magid Mustafa Elsayed was a consultant neurologist in the Manchester region. He was born in Atbara, a town in north-eastern Sudan, the son of Mustafa Elsayed, an ophthalmologist, and Trandil Elsayed née Ramadan, a nurse. He spent his childhood in Atbara and then went on to study medicine at the University of Khartoum.

After qualifying in 1977, he worked in junior posts at Khartoum Teaching Hospital. In 1980, he moved to England and worked as a senior house officer in Beckenham and at Guy’s Hospital, London. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1982 and decided to go back to Sudan (to Wad Medani Teaching Hospital), where he became a specialist trainee in neurology. He became a consultant in 1987 and worked in Wad Medani until 1989, when a Sudanese coup d’etat took place. Magid was a political activist against the military government, so, fearing for his life, he moved to Saudi Arabia, where he worked as a consultant neurologist until 1999. Magid subsequently returned to the UK and worked in Wiltshire until 2001. He then moved to the Greater Manchester region and worked in Oldham, Rochdale and Salford.

Despite the political situation, Magid’s love for Sudan was undiminished and he continued to support medical services and medical education in his homeland. He created links between the neurology department in Manchester, the University of Gezira and the University of Khartoum. His colleagues from neurology and neurosurgery visited Sudan and gave lectures, seminars and held clinics to train the medical and nursing staff. Magid also organised training in Salford for young Sudanese trainees who would spend a few months at a time in the neurology department. Magid’s colleagues are keen for this programme to continue after his death.

Magid was renowned for his sharp clinical acumen and outstanding diagnostic ability. He delivered his work in a friendly, thoughtful and considerate manner. He was highly respected by all those who knew him, including his colleagues, students, nursing staff and his patients and their relatives. He was incredibly sensitive and empathetic, and his colleagues in Oldham often referred to him as the ‘friendly giant’.

Magid bravely fought bowel cancer in the last few years of his life and continued to work between multiple operations and courses of chemotherapy. Despite the progression of the disease, he continued to smile and help others and had a rich social life. His house was always open to friends, colleagues and even patients. He will be greatly missed by all of them.

In recognition of his efforts, the medical school at the University of Gezira has named a lecture theatre after him and they will dedicate a prize in his name to the best graduate in medicine every year.

Family was the most important aspect of Magid’s life and was a source of great joy for him, especially in difficult times. He leaves behind his wife, Salwa (née Zarroug), a doctor, his three children, Razan, Motaz and Mohanned (a doctor who is training to become a neurologist) and his granddaughter, Aml.

Badr Dafalla

(Volume XII, page web)

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