Dr. Youssef Al-Begamy is being remembered for making everyone he met feel like his best friend.
“That’s the impression that he leaves on anybody … that’s his character,” close friend and colleague Fauzi Ramadan told CBC News at a prayer service Monday night.
Al-Begamy, a 48-year-old Saskatchewan family and emergency room physician, died of COVID-19 complications early Sunday morning, Ramadan confirmed.
The doctor was among the first Saskatchewan intensive care patients transferred to Ontario for treatment amid the province’s fourth-wave bed crunch, Ramadan said. Since Al-Begamy had no family in Saskatchewan, Ramadan acted as his next of kin.