Dr. Hamam Alloh spoke about his duties as a doctor and as a human while treating people at the largest hospital in Gaza in one of his last interviews.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has wreaked havoc on both sides and it is getting bloodier by the minute with no hope of any ceasefire. Amid all the chaos and bloodbath, the resilience of people is unwavering and extremely inspiring. Their brave stories of not just helping their own family but also strangers in times of crisis are restoring people's faith in humanity. One such story talks about a renowned nephrologist of Gaza, Dr Hammam Alloh, who left a mark on the world with his encouraging last words. In one of his last interviews, he shared his intense passion for choosing to serve his patients over seeking safety for himself and his family by heading south from northern Gaza. The 36-year-old doctor spoke to Democracy Now about why he always prioritized his patients' lives over his own.
When asked by the publication, "Why don't you go with your family south?" He replied with no hesitation, "And if I go, who treats my patients?" After a pause, he continued with determination, "We are not animals. We have the right to receive proper healthcare." He wasn't done conveying his will to stay and fight through his profession, for which he went through rigorous training. He further added, "You think I went to medical school and for my postgraduate degrees for a total of 14 years, so I think only about my life and not my patients?" After a grave pause, he questioned the journalist, "I'm asking you, ma'am? Do you think this is the reason I went to med school? To think only about my life?" Before the journalist could speak further, he concluded, "This is not the reason I became a doctor."
The last message of MD Hamam before he was killed. Listen to it carefully and remember his name. pic.twitter.com/Tg2trfLQgk— Abdalhadi Alijla عبد الهادي العجلة (@alijla2021) November 12, 2023
He also spoke in the interview about finding gratitude even among the poor conditions of living that the Palestinians were faced with. He said, "We still have a house with a door to close. But many thousand refugees, people like us, who used to live in dignity, have no longer houses and no doors to close to protect them as they are surrounded by wastewater, by garbage." The doctor added, "They don't have a liquid continuous supply of clean water to drink. Many of them have a lot of missing members of their families. They don't know if they are alive or not."
The above said were his last words, soon after which the news of his and his family's death reached his sister Shaymma Alloh in the US, who spoke to the Associated Press and informed them of the most dreaded news that she was hoping she wouldn't hear but did. Her brother and many other family members were housed together inside his in-law's house when they were hit by a missile missile. The confirmed deaths included her brother Dr. Hammam Alloh, who treated patients at Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital in Gaza.
Today, Dr. Alloh of Al-Shifa Hospital & his family were martyred after an Israeli missile struck a house near the hospital where they were sheltering. Glory to him & to all our healthcare workers martyred. May every healer of the Palestinians be recalled at the hour of liberation pic.twitter.com/Yk7Jt8CHAW— Palestinian Youth Movement (@palyouthmvmt) November 13, 2023
The Palestinian Youth Movement posted on their X account about the death of Dr Hammam Alloh and the caption read, "Today, Dr. Alloh of Al-Shifa Hospital and his family were martyred after an Israeli missile struck a house near the hospital where they were sheltering. Glory to him and all our healthcare workers martyred. May every healer of the Palestinians be recalled at the hour of liberation." Dr Hammam Alloh's bravery and his commitment to helping others without a care about his own life made him a hero in front of the world.