Top Oxford surgeon recounts horrors of Gaza hospital | EUROtoday

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Professor Nick Maynard has seen many horrors throughout his time as a surgeon however what he witnessed in central Gaza’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital will hang-out him for the remainder of his life, he says.

“It was the single worst thing I’ve seen in my 35-year medical career,” he informed the Telegraph on Wednesday shortly after arriving dwelling in Oxford.

Amid the chaos consuming the emergency division on New Year’s Day, the British guide noticed a six-year-old boy wrapped in a blanket, mendacity alone and semi-conscious on the bottom.

“He had no family with him and he hadn’t been seen by any nurses or doctors,” he mentioned.

The youngster had a head damage, his physique was coated with “appalling burns,” and his chest was torn open by a shrapnel wound. “You could see air being sucked in and then bubbling out again,” he mentioned.

Prof Maynard scooped the boy up and rushed him right into a nook. There had been no beds, so he and a colleague laid him on the bottom, engaged on arms and knees to try to resuscitate him.

“We were putting drips into him to drain the bleeding in his chest, we tried to cover his burns because he was shivering. It was awful. The tragedy is, I don’t know whether he survived”.

Prof Maynard, 61, is a guide gastrointestinal surgeon at Oxford University Hospital and has been visiting Gaza to show surgical procedure since 2010.

But this was the primary time he had entered the enclave throughout wartime. Speaking from Cairo after which Oxford, he mentioned there was nothing that might have ready him for his newest go to.