Published: 19:36, 26 July 2021
| Updated: 17:58, 27 July 2021
More than £50,000 has been raised to support an A&E doctor on the verge of losing his home after being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
Dr Muhammad Allauddin from Maidstone has been out of work for months while fighting necrotizing pancreatitis, a health problem in which part of the pancreas dies.
The moment Dr Allauddin thanked supporters
His friends launched a Go Fund Me page to help him and his wife Aiza, who is his full-time carer, cope financially while both are out of work.
In just two days it has surpassed its £50,000 target reaching a rising total of £51,340.
One anonymous well-wisher has even contributed a lump-sum of more than £16,000.
Having heard the news, Dr Allauddin, who works at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospital, thanked donors for their generosity in an emotional video from his hospital bed in King's College Hospital in London.
He said: "Thank you for your donations, thank you for the help, I really appreciate it."
Only yesterday the total was £18,000.
His colleague Dr Shahzad Farooq, who set up the fundraiser, said Dr Allauddin, is a very hard-working man who worked with 'full sincerity and honesty' during Covid.
Dr Farooq previously explained: "Doctors think it might take a long before he gets better. His pay has already gone to half and soon he will lose his job.
"He has no other source of income and his wife is currently his full-time carer for him so she can't do anything at the moment.
"He is unable to pay his bills and mortgage and is on the verge of losing his house as all savings have depleted in last seven months with no improvement to his health."
Dr Allauddin's pancreatitis has led to other complications, and he has had other procedures while in hospital.
He was also on a ventilator for a month, and is struggling to keep food and drink down, which has caused him to lose a lot of weight.
One supporter said: "To the most kind and hard working colleague, wishing you strength for your recovery. So sorry to hear you are so unwell."
Another said: "I have worked with Mohammed for a few years in Maidstone A&E; so sad to see him ill. He has a great personality and is always smiling."
His colleagues at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust have been supporting Dr Allauddin throughout his illness.
Sue Steen, Chief People Officer at the trust said: “Muhammad has worked for the trust for many years and is a highly valued, well-liked member of the team at Maidstone Hospital.
“We have offered support to Muhammad and his family throughout his illness and absence from work.
"Our thoughts continue to be with him as he recovers and we look forward to welcoming him back to work when the time comes.”
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