British doctor killed in Syria

A 26 year old London doctor has been killed in an attack on a field hospital in Syria. Isa Abdur Rahman was working with the British charity Hand in Hand.

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Field hospital tribute to doctor killed in Syria

A lasting tribute is being planned to a London doctor killed last week in Syria.

Isa Abdur Rahman, a 26-year-old graduate from Imperial College London, died when a makeshift hospital in which he was working was shelled.

Friends initially planned to buy a new ambulance in his honour,But the amounts donated mean his memorial will now be a field hospital in the Syrian city of Homs. Fadi Aldairi is from the charity "Hand in Hand For Syria".

A "talented and determined" doctor, says former employer

Dr Rahman was a first year doctor who worked at the Royal Free in 2011 and 2012, before taking a year out of his training to undertake relief work for Syrian refugees.

We were deeply saddened today to hear of the death of Dr Isa Abdur Rahman.

Dr Philip Lodge, Dr Rahman’s supervisor, said: “Isa wanted to work abroad and use his expertise to help local communities. I felt that he was a young, talented and determined doctor with a clear vision for his career and a bright future ahead of him. Everyone I know here who worked with him recognised his talent and spoke of him in glowing terms.

Our thoughts are with Dr Rahman’s family and loved ones at this sad time."

– Royal Free Hospital

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Friends fundraise for field hospital in Isa's name

Isa's friends and family have raised money for a field hospital in Homs in less than a week Credit: Hand in Hand for Syria

Friends of Dr Isa Abdur Rahman set up a JustGiving page for those who knew him to make a donation to Syria in his memory and have been overwhelmed by the response.

They say:

"It is testament to the character of Isa and the beauty of the people who know him that the money for the initially planned ambulance (£7000) was raised in less than 14 hours.

The response has been so overwhelming that now we have the startup funds for a field hospital in Homs, which will be named after him. This was something Isa had been planning to do and has the capacity to treat much more people.

Those who knew him personally, and those who have heard of him, will know what an amazing, inspirational, kind and deeply-caring person he was. It is quite hard to where even begin describing what an amazing person he was, and all of us are still in shock."

The hospital will be set up and run by the registered charity Hand in Hand for Syria - the charity Isa was working with.

Charity pays tribute to "brave" and "dedicated" doctor

Hand in Hand for Syria say Dr Abdur Rahman put his promising medical career on hold to volunteer

Faddy Sahloul, chairman and founder of Hand in Hand for Syria paid tribute to Dr Abdur Rahman, saying:

“I was very close to Dr Isa, a shy young man whom I first met two years ago. We spent a significant amount of time working together in Turkey and Syria and he was one of the bravest and most dedicated people I have met.

Everyone who knew him is shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news of his death but we can draw comfort from the fact that he died doing work that he loved. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family at this difficult time.”

Londoner worked at Royal Free before volunteering

Isa Abdur Rahman

Isa Abdur Rahman from Dollis Hill in northwest London was injured when a shell hit the medical facility he was working at in the northwestern city of Idlib on Wednesday. He died shortly afterwards.

Two others died in the attack and two more were wounded.

Dr Abdur Rahman trained at Imperial College and worked at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead before volunteering in Syria almost a year ago.

Dr Abdur Rahman was not a native speaker of Arabic but learned the language and was very popular with local people.

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