No Holding Back—Dr. Mohammed Finally Gets His Chance!

Dr. Mohammed waving for the camera after the first-ever pediatric cardiac cath in the Salah ad Din Province of Iraq.

Dr. Mohammed, the cardiologist-in-training here in Tikrit, just assisted in the region’s first-ever pediatric catheterization.

He was shaking with excitement after finishing!

The lead interventionalist, Dr. Mary, handled the lion’s share of the teaching, and she can now add “Tikrit” to her list of groundbreaking procedures. She has performed similar ‘first-evers’ in Fallujah, Mongolia, and Kosovo, in addition to the work she does in the United States.

The echo team in Tikrit General Hospital.

We talk a lot about children who don’t have options for surgery, but the same is true of many Iraqi doctors. Dr. Mohammed shared told us, “There is no way for me to do this without teams coming to Tikrit. I am very happy to have the team here.”

So thank you for sending tremendous teachers like Dr. Mary to train Dr. Mohammed—they’re making history!

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