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1. The moment a Muslim surgeon was brought to tears during an operation after the Christchurch attack.
Following the Christchurch terror attack, a four-year-old named Alen Alsati was rushed to Christchurch Hospital with serious injuries from a bullet wound.
She was taken to an operating theatre and Muslim vascular surgeon Adib Khanafer, who was in an elective case, received a call to say he was urgently needed in another theatre.
It was the first time he’d ever had to run to surgery. When he arrived, he was confronted with an image he’ll never forget.
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“It was really sad to see a young girl on the table,” Dr Khanafer told media on Monday, breaking down in tears.
Dr Khanafer successfully operated on Alen, who was then transferred to Auckland’s Starship Hospital and remains in a critical condition.
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He said he struggled with this emotions throughout the surgery, but described its success as his career highlight.
“I stepped out of theatre and started crying,” he said.
“I have four kids, the youngest is seven and the oldest is 14. I imagine that this is one of my kids. I was able to perform my job, I left my emotion [until] after.
“I managed to repair [the injuries]. It was definitely the highlight of my career as a vascular surgeon.”