Aleppo neighborhood loses last surgeon in rebel fire

The neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsood in Aleppo has lost its last senior medic. He was killed in rebel fire while trying to fulfill his duty – to help the weak and the sick amid the hostilities, his family told RT.

Dr. Shahed was killed on Thursday by a Katyusha rocket fired from the rebel-held Kafr Hamra area in Aleppo Province, Lizzie Phelan reported.

“He [Shahed] died because they called him and told him there was shelling and some people were in the medical center who needed his help, so he went to try and save their lives, and he was killed,” the surgeon’s wife, Mayada, said.

His wife added that Dr. Shahed “was always helping people.”

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“Wherever he worked and whomever he met, people loved him. Since he died I got so many calls from the doctors’ union in Aleppo who all spoke about what a great doctor my husband was,” she said.

“He was my whole life, I feel empty without him… I can’t tell you the sorrow I feel from losing him, he was my husband and my whole family, and I wish I … died in his place.”

 

 

There are only three remaining colleagues of Dr. Shahed in the neighborhood, with none of them being a surgeon. Two of them are general doctors and the third one calls himself “a semi-doctor.” In fact Dr. Mohammed Jassim is a volunteer who was trained by Dr. Shahed himself.

Patients in Sheikh Maqsood may go to government-run hospitals in west Aleppo, but they have just one makeshift hospital in a former school to get emergency care.

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  1. There are no words, only tears for the people of Aleppo.

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