By Emma Dooney
Jamie Dornan's father, Dr. Jim Dornan, has passed away at the age of 73 after contracting Covid-19.
The renowned obestrician and former professor, who was battling lymphocytic leukemia when he caught the deadly virus, has been honored by several work colleagues and peers in the wake of his passing.
"Hard to accept that someone with so much life, with, and full of advice and laughter has left this world. A true friend," tweeted Marie Louise, the BBC NI Health Correspondent.
It is with much sadness that I am writing that Professor Jim Dornan has died. Hard to accept that someone with so much life, wit, and full of advice and laughter has left this world. A true friend. Thoughts are with his family and medical friends around the world. RIP Jim.March 15, 2021
Dr. Jim Dornan is survived by his son Jamie and two daughters, Leisa and Jessica. He was highly regarded in his hometown of Belfast, where he pursued an impressive career in medicine and academia. As well as serving as a consultant OBGYN with the Belfast Trust for fourteen years, he was a Professor of Foetal Medicine at Queen's University Belfast for seventeen years.
He lost his first wife and mother to Jamie, Leisa, and Jessica to pancreatic cancer in 1998, and later remarried fellow gynecologist Samima.
Former clients of Dr. Dornan's treatment also took to Twitter to share their condolences.
"Heartbreaking to hear of Jim Dornan’s passing, he brought our two into the World without breaking a sweat whilst everyone else around him flapped, including me," one father recalled.
Heartbreaking to hear of Jim Dornan’s passing, he brought our two into the World without breaking a sweat whilst everyone else around him flapped, including me. He really was one of a kind and would light up the room with his lovely charisma, deepest condolences to his family 😢 https://t.co/MYRwqksweWMarch 15, 2021
Dr. Dornan was known as a staunch proponent of women's reproductive rights, advocating a repeal of Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws throughout his career.
"Jim Dornan was a champion for women’s reproductive rights in his professional career and a fresh, radical voice in political debates looking towards the future," historian Dr. Margaret Ward tweeted shortly after the news broke.
The late doctor was also a supporter of multiple Northern Ireland charities, including Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI and Tiny Life Charity. Although he was most recognized for his medical work and philanthropy, he had a brief experience with acting after his son's success in film and television. In 2016, he landed a cameo as a policeman in The Fall, alongside Jamie, who plays the crime drama's serial killer lead.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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