Daughter pays lovely tribute to 'pioneer' father Nassar Hussain, a radiographer, who died from Coronavirus

29th May 2020   •   article

by Barfi Culture Team | Twitter: @barfi_culture.
Credit: Farah Hussain
Nassar Hussain became one of the latest casualties of the Coronavirus pandemic in Britain last week, another brave health worker who put his life at risk to help others.

Mr Hussain worked at KIMS Hospital in Kent as Diagnostic Services Manager. He died at the age of 58. He left behind a wife, two children and three cats.

His daughter Farah Hussain, a Labour councillor in Redbridge council (London), wrote on Twitter he was a "pioneer" and dedicated decades of his life to the NHS over his career.

"37460 people have now died from Covid19. I want to tell you a little bit about one of them, my dad, Nassar, who died yesterday," she wrote. "On paper he was your typical Asian dad- grumpy, ambitious for his children and a lover of sweet food. But he was more than that, he was a pioneer."

"Nassar was born in Canning Town in the 60s. As you can imagine, it wasn’t easy being a Pakistani kid in East London then. He worked hard and was the first person in our family to finish school and go to university."

"He became a radiographer and dedicated decades to the NHS and helping other people. Soon he was in management and was able to give 100s of people the first start in their careers."

"Nassar was a hands-on dad. He was the best at bed-tucking-in, got the duvet right underneath you. He read us stories, nursed us when we were sick and taught us how to ride our bikes. He made sure we supported West Ham and took us to matches, making sure we got kebab rolls from Green Street afterwards."

"He was so proud of his children. He used to “joke” that I was going to be Labour’s Preeti Patel! He was chuffed when I stood for election and used to knock on people’s doors (when he was meant to be leafletting!) to tell them to vote for his daughter."

She ended by saing: "My dad wasn’t going to die anyway, as I’ve heard people talk about Covid victims. He had life left to live, a retirement to begin and enjoy, grandchildren to meet. He will be forever missed."
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