Brain surgeon was devoted to his job
TRIBUTES were paid last night to a highly-respected brain surgeon who died after a sudden illness.
Colleagues at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire said they were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of 58-year-old Jagmohan Singh.
The consultant neurosurgeon, who lived in Newcastle, had worked at the Hartshill complex for 14 years.
And when not saving patients' lives in the operating theatre he passed on his skills to young doctors in the medical school.
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Mr Singh was so well-regarded in his speciality he qualified as an examiner for the Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons final examination in surgical neurology.
Leading tributes to the father-of-two, the hospital's medical director Robert Courteney-Harris said he was much admired for his skills and compassion with his patients and colleagues.
He added: "His many friends and colleagues here are shocked and extremely saddened with this terrible news.
"Jagmohan Singh specialised in one of the most difficult areas of surgery and although he was very much part of the neurosurgery team, he was well-known, well-liked and respected far beyond his speciality. His death has hit the staff hard and they all send their condolences and sympathy to his family.
"I knew Jag well personally and was always impressed by his calm and dignified manner and how he remained resolutely cheerful despite working in one of the most challenging areas of medicine. The way he approached life and work is a lesson to us all. He will be very sadly missed."
Mr Singh qualified in medicine at the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, in 1975 and came to the UK in 1982, training at Walton Hospital in Liverpool and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.
He joined the university hospital in 1997 as a senior neurosurgical consultant developing specialist interests in treatment of brain tumours, neuralgia and spinal conditions.
Despite helping train scores of brain surgeons of the future, his own education was not neglected and he completed the MBA in Healthcare with Keele University two years ago.
Widow Renu said: "Jagmohan was devoted to his family and his work. He was a deeply religious and God fearing man and, quite simply, he found life beautiful. I can't begin to describe how we will miss such a lovely man."
Mr Singh had a wide range of interests including reading and travelling. He was a good squash player and had recently developed an interest in golf, becoming a member of Trentham Park Golf Club.
He leaves behind his two daughters Divya and Mansha, son-in-law, Rohit, and 18-month-old granddaughter Arianna.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday at Carmountside crematorium at 10.30am.
The family have requested donations for the hospital's neurosurgical unit instead of flowers.