DOCTOR’S DUTY TO HELP UAE SOLDIERS
As an emergency doctor in one of Abu Dhabi’s busiest hospitals, Dr Ayesha Al Memari is used to seeing traumatic injuries from road crashes and tragic accidents.
But nothing could have prepared her for being flown to Yemen to care for injured Emirati soldiers after a Houthi rocket attack on the UAE’s base in Marib last September.
The 37-year-old emergency medicine specialist at Mafraq Hospital has described for the first time how she and her colleagues worked for 12 hours straight to help patients and determine who could be flown home for treatment.
Fifty-four UAE Armed Forces servicemen were killed in the attack on September 4, the darkest day in UAE military history.
To date 77 have been killed during Operation Restoring Hope, which has seen the Arab coalition battle Iranianbacked Houthi rebels to restore the legitimate government in Sana’a.
“I wanted to bring back as many soldiers as possible,” Al Memari told 7DAYS in an exclusive interview. She was speaking after receiving the Abu Dhabi Award for her critical work in medicine earlier this month.
“The attack took place less than 24 hours before, so the families in UAE had no idea
By Mahak Mannan