The day Isis burst into my operating theatre | The NHS at 70

The day Isis burst into my operating theatre | The NHS at 70


In October 2013
I was working in Aleppo and I was working as a trauma surgeon,
helping to deal with many gunshot wounds. One particular day, somebody
had come in with a gunshot wound to his chest and I went to see the patient
and decided that he needed to go to theatre to have a thoracotomy. As we wheeled the patient through
the emergency department into theatre, I was well aware
that the whole place was cluttered with various people. I wasn’t quite sure who they were
but we were about halfway through this operation and suddenly
the doors of the operation theatre burst open and the operating theatre was full
of men dressed in black, all with Kalashnikovs, which I suddenly had
a cold shiver down my spine to realise that they were ISIS. I had a gun held to me
several times over the years and what you feel
is pure terror, almost, and you feel that your carotid
arteries in your neck are pulsating, you feel as if you’re starting
to tremble and you also feel
that your legs are going to give away. I kept my head down … The Syrian surgeon whispered
into my hear, ”Don’t say anything,
just don’t say anything.’ And the Syrian surgeon, in English,
spoke to the leader and found out that who we were
actually operating on was an ISIS fighter, and told him,
‘Do not disturb the senior surgeon,’ that was me, ‘otherwise your friend will die.’ And with that
they backed off slightly, but the leader stayed with us
all the time. And he was watching me
operating. I was filled with severe anxiety
and severe terror. When you are in a situation
where you have guns pointed at you, never look at them at all. Always look on the floor,
or look somewhere else, because once you develop
this eye-to-eye contact then you form some sort of
crazy bond with that person, And you’ve lost it. So I just took a deep breath in
and concentrated on exactly what I was doing and tried to forget what was going on
around me. Luckily though,
I think that something must have happened outside. Somebody walked into the operating theatre,
spoke to him and then they all left
in a pickup truck. After anything like this happens,
you’re in a state of stress, but then about two to three hours later,
you have a feeling of complete and utter euphoria. It’s an almost out-of-body
experience.

9 thoughts on “The day Isis burst into my operating theatre | The NHS at 70

  1. It's called survival reaction. Your body awarded you because you stayed alive.
    And I can assure you too it's the most beautiful sensation, more than sex

  2. "moderate" terrorists who do the dirty work for the U.S. and NATO in Libya (Libya Islamic Fighting Group LIFG, Manchester boys, Salman Abedy the Manchester bomber – see John Pilger article: What did the prime minister know) and Syria. They were/ are trained, financed, armed and get intelligence from the West, Israel, Turkey, Saudia Arabia, Qatar. Medical help also form Israel (they are treated in their hospitals – that also includes ISIS).

    In the case of ISIS they were gladly tolerated (for some time and in Syria). John Kerry is on record in Sep. 2016: we wanted ISIS to grow stronger in Syria – that would weaken the position of Assad.

    Never mind the terror against civilians in Syria, the region and even the West.

    Well the regime change plot of the U.S. could have worked except for the military help of Iran and Hezbollah (ground troops) and Russia (airforce, some diplomatic help, for instance in 2013).

    Until then the moderate terrorists were allowed to sell the oil from occupied Syrian oil fields (most of it went to Tukey). That explains also how ISIS could attract so many of the mercenaries (many switched to them from other Islamist groups) – they could pay better thanks to the oil revenue.

    Drilling for oil and transporting it in trucks is a quite stationary and visible operation.The trucks cannot drive offroad, allegedly they even used tankers.

    The U.S. could not be bothered to disturb the operation. The Russian airforce had no qualms doing that when they entered the scene.

  3. Thank you very much Dr. Nott
    I am a Syrian nurse, from Aleppo, I met you just one time but I know how much did you help us in that time.
    Thank you very much and for all Doctors and people, who did any thing to help the Syrien people in this world.

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