Healthcare workers speak about mission trips to Gaza with Virginia Tech Carilion students

Roanoke, VA. – A group of Virginia Tech Carilion students heard stories of heroism and terror from a panel of health workers making mission trips to Gaza.

Panelists include anesthesiologist Dr. Abdullah Brown, OR and ER nurse Lana, and urologist Dr. Mazen Hassan.

Each of them are active members of Doctors Against Genocide, a group of health workers that is organizing actions and talking with federal government officials to bring about a ceasefire in Gaza.

The stories shared described the chaos in Gaza during the war. Hospitals are filled with patients, lacking resources and people to help.

Dr. Abdullah Brown has been to many war zones to help but nothing compares to the scenes in Gaza.

“We’re doctors, right, we’re surgeons, we’re anesthesiologists, we’re right here in the operating room. We’re seeing lesions in Gaza and we don’t understand what’s causing these lesions,” Dr. Brown said. “We will find a bullet, the surgeon will find a bullet but the wounds are different from the bullet wounds we are familiar with. The destruction, the burning…unlike anything we’ve seen.”

As of Friday, Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech School of Medicine had not organized any large-scale events addressing attacks on health workers in Gaza.

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