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Brave doctor dies days after refusing to abandon his patients in the face of heavy bombing

Dr. Hamam Alloh spoke about his duties as a doctor, and as a human, while treating people at the largest hospital in Gaza, Palestine, in one of his last interviews.

Brave doctor dies days after refusing to abandon his patients in the face of heavy bombing
Cover Image Source: YouTube | Democracy Now!

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, the resilience of people is unwavering and extremely inspiring. 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. 

Image Source: Protesters gather at the Freedom Plaza during the National March on Washington for Palestine while calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas on November 4, 2023, in Washington, DC. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that there will be no ceasefire or pause in hostilities in the Gaza Strip until all of the hostages held by Hamas are released. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Image Source: Protesters gather at the Freedom Plaza during the National March on Washington for Palestine while calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas on November 4, 2023, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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."



 

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."

Image Source: People search through buildings, destroyed during Israeli air raids in the southern Gaza Strip on November 9, 2023 in Khan Yunis, Gaza. Heavy fighting rages in the northern Gaza Strip as Israel encircles the area, despite increasingly pressing calls for a humanitarian truce. The leaders of the main UN agencies issued a rare joint statement to express their indignation. More than 40 per cent of the dead in Gaza after nearly four weeks of war are children. (Photo by Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images)
Image Source: People search through buildings, destroyed during Israeli air raids in the southern Gaza Strip on November 9, 2023, in Khan Yunis, Gaza. Heavy fighting rages in the northern Gaza Strip as Israel encircles the area. More than 40 percent of the dead in Gaza after nearly four weeks of war are children. (Photo by Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images)

These were his last words. Soon after, news of Alloh's 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. The confirmed deaths included her brother Dr. Hammam Alloh, who treated patients at Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital in Gaza. 



 

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. 



 

Editor's note: This article was originally published on November 17, 2023. It has since been updated.

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