It is with great sadness that Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust announces the death of Dr Paul Kabasele, who battled coronavirus for a month in hospital.
Paul was a senior speciality doctor and a huge part of our eye care team based at Croydon University Hospital for a decade. A truly gifted and hard-working doctor, Paul treated patients with a range of conditions including glaucoma and uveitis as well as providing urgent care through our rapid access clinic. Much loved by his patients and colleagues alike, Paul provided an exceptional level of care to his patients, thanks to his warm, reassuring and generous nature.
Alongside his vital NHS contribution, Paul also worked tirelessly to improve the eye health of people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), his home country.
Paul was a dedicated church pastor for over 30 years, providing support to those in his local community and in the DRC – organising conferences on issues like health, marriage and self-empowerment.
With over 25 years’ experience in eye disease, Paul also collaborated with Professor Lightman at University College London on new research looking at the epidemiology of uveitis, a painful and rare eye condition.
David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital, said: “Paul was a much-loved member of the Moorfields family. Through the past decade, he provided an exceptional level of care to his patients. He was incredibly hardworking, kind, gentle and a joy to work with. He will be sorely missed by many and his death is a huge loss to us all. Our thoughts are with Paul’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult and heart-breaking time.”
Nick Strouthidis, medical director of Moorfields Eye Hospital, added: ‘All of us at Moorfields are devastated at the loss of Dr Paul Kabasele. We are all extremely grateful for both his enormous contribution to ophthalmology and his dedication to his patients and colleagues ,and are so very proud that he was part of the Moorfields family.’
A Just Giving page has been set up in his honour at the request of his family, to continue his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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