Syrian refugee has finally graduated as a doctor in London. It took him 10 years, four countries and 21 homes after first starting medical school.
Dr Tirej Brimo, 27, was congratulated by London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan at his graduation ceremony in St George’s University in Britain. He chose to specialise in emergency medicine or trauma surgery.
Dr Brimo said in an interview to the Evening Standard: ‘Now I know what pain is, I am so ready to start my new role as a doctor and I am so ready to look after others’ loved ones. I promise I will do it with a heart full of love and a smile full of hope.’
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Dr Brimo has a turmoil student years. He started his university degree in Syria, but had to flee the country just 10 months before the graduation after the war broke down. He then was living in Egypt and Lebanon where he tried to complete his degree.
When he finally reached the UK, he was rejected a University place because of the academic differences, with some suggesting he should retake A-levels.
However St. George’s accepted him and Tirej started a 5-year-course from the 3rd year. The university’s medicine course director and reader in surgical education, Dr Philippa Tostevin said about Brimo to the Evening Standard: ‘I interviewed Tirej when he applied to St George’s and I did not hesitate to offer him a place. I remember the passion for medicine that he demonstrated at that interview and I am so proud of what he has achieved. I am truly delighted to see him graduate this year’.
Recalling his asylum process in Britain, he said: ‘I feel attached to [Syria and the UK] and want to contribute to both of them. One day I might go somewhere where there is war because I understand how difficult it is to lose everything at once, and how important it is to have someone be compassionate towards you. But that wouldn’t compromise the love I feel towards the British community.
To move from a moment of non-trust where your fingerprints are being taken, to a moment where you are not only trusted, but trusted with people’s lives and health, is an honour and a big responsibility. I am so proud.’
Congratulations Dr.Tirej Bromo A fantastic achievement,talk about barriers to learning! Wishing you a long and happy career Peace and Love
— Eddie Jackson (@jontisha333) August 2, 2017
Most of us would give up
Bloody hell. To think most would of given up after a rough day. Well done and congrats
— Wayne Pearsall ❄ (@wayne_pearsall) August 3, 2017
However not everyone is excited
I can remember another Syrian doctor from London pic.twitter.com/suvPk2T66U
— Paul (@KellyqprPaul) August 2, 2017