First Do No Harm
Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors aids a young Syrian doctor seeking asylum
Marwan was in the sixth month of his radiology residency in a hospital emergency room near the coast of Syria. He was treating trauma patients; urgent cases requiring both swiftness and great steadiness. He loved the work. He was saving lives.
It was a civilian hospital; government soldiers were usually treated elsewhere. But as the conflict in Syria increased during the summer of 2014, hospital staff began seeing army patients more frequently. It was then that Marwan began noticing something strange.
“Whenever I would examine a soldier and the report had my name on it,” he says, “they would send the soldier back to radiology and ask for a re-examination.” Was he doing something wrong, he wondered? Was it because he wasn’t very experienced? Why weren’t any of the other residents having this issue?
“It was only me, “says Marwan. “But why only me?”