Tributes have been paid to a longer-serving doctor who passed away suddenly at his home.
Dr Mamdouh Mohamed Ahmed ran the St Hubert’s Road Surgery in Great Harwood for nearly 25 years and had around 1,000 patients on his books at any one time.
The father-of-two died suddenly at his Park Lane home on Monday, March 16, aged 63.
A post-mortem will be carried out to determine th cause of death.
His daughter Ophelia Ahmed said his death was ‘very unexpected’.
She said: “It was such a shock and wasn’t expected at all. He was at home and it was just a normal day. He was speaking to my brother and then he just passed away.
“My brother was with him until the end. The ambulance came in five minutes but they couldn’t do anything for him.
“He was so strong and lively and you don’t think somebody like that could pass away.”
Dr Ahmed, who was married to Patricia for 34 years, ran the surgery from 1988 to 2011 before taking early retirement.
Originally from Egypt, he moved to London before later living in Manchester and Blackburn and worked at Blackburn Royal Infirmary.
Ophelia, 25, who works in insurance, said he was ‘very dedicated to his work’.
She said: “He had over 1,000 patients at any one time. He loved Great Harwood, it was his home.
“He often sat with his patients just chatting and you could hear the laughter from the room even with the door shut.
He had a really big personality and never had a bad thing to say about anybody.
“Not a day has gone by we haven’t had a knock at the door from somebody offering their condolences and saying they couldn’t believe it.”
Ward councillor Noordad Aziz said his death will be a ‘deep loss to the community’.
He said: ““He was a local doctor who served the community for nearly 25 years. Everyone who I’ve spoken to hasn’t had a bad word to say about him.
“He went beyond the call of duty and really looked after everyone in Great Harwood. He’s going to be really missed.
“He’s someone who interacted with every type of person and from all walks of life and it’s a deep loss for the community.
“In 2010 when the Pakistan floods happened the community was trying to raise money and he gave us a significant donation which shows the type of man he was. Great Harwood will be a sadder place without him.”
A funeral will take place at 11am on Thursday, April 2 at Accrington Crematorium Chapel followed by a burial at Whalley and Wiswell Cemetery and members of the public are welcome to attend.
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