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The Beautiful Moment a British Surgeon Was Reunited with the Syrian Girl Whose Life He Saved

Two months ago, British surgeon David Nott operated on Maram, a young Syrian infant who had been gravely injured in an attack as she fled Aleppo. Her parents and sister did not survive the blast, and Maram was left in a critical condition.

Now Maram has been reunited with the doctor who helped save her life. Watch the moment below: 

Meeting Maram Again

The moving moment a British surgeon was reunited with the little Syrian girl he operated on.

Posted by BBC News on Wednesday, 1 March 2017

For almost 25 years, Nott has spent several months every year providing medical assistance in war zones and humanitarian crises. A volunteer for Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Committee of the Red Cross, he has performed surgery in some of the world’s most hostile conflicts or humanitarian emergencies, including: Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Syria. 

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Nott was awarded an OBE in 2012 and the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award in 2016. Having gained extensive experience of working in hostile environments, the NHS surgeon set up the David Nott Foundation, dedicated to training surgeons and medical professionals for working in conflict and natural disaster zones. 

Speaking on the BBC’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ about his experience of working in war zones, he said: “You realise that life is so precious and so important, and [that] to try and preserve it is a wonderful thing.” 

While countries increasingly shut their doors to refugees, moments like this are a reminder of the individual acts of courage and kindess that can save lives. 

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