DOHA: Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) yesterday expressed shock over the death of one of its doctors working in Syria. Surgeon Saleh Al Hassan (35) was killed on August 23 while performing his duties in Tabka Hospital.
Dr Al Hassan, coordinator of Tel Abyad Surgical Hospital, graduated from the University of Aleppo School of Medicine. He pursued a general surgery major and then specialised in cardiac surgery.
Dr Al Hassan left Tel Abyad Hospital and joined Tabka Hospital as a volunteer, to support his colleagues there. He had treated many injured and saved many lives until he lost his life on August 23 while serving a humanitarian cause, which he believed in and dedicated his time and energy to, setting an example of sacrifice.
A co-founder and later manager of QRC hospital in Tel Abyad, he always encouraged doctors, nurses and technicians to work hard and reminded them that the patients were their own people and serving them was a religious and ethical duty. He was a role model of commitment and hard work for the other doctors. Every time fighting picked up, Dr Al Hassan and his team would stay at the hospital, working day and night until the end of the clashes.
QRC Secretary-General Saleh bin Ali Al Mohannadi condemned the tragic incident, which was the second time a QRC medical worker had died while performing his professional and humanitarian duties. On December 8, 2013, QRC volunteer Dr Layth Abu Al Walid (23) was killed. Dr Abu Al Walid played a significant role in the polio vaccination campaign. On his last day, he had gone home to spend some time with his family. Then he decided to go back to his medical unit, where he was hit in crossfire.