Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fallujah's Wounds Greet American Doctors

Still raw wounds greet US medics in Iraq’s Fallujah
August 14, 2012 - In an Iraqi city where US military offensives levelled entire neighbourhoods in 2004, a hospital has turned to American doctors to treat children with heart problems that residents blame on fallout from the fighting.

The decision was not easy for Fallujah, which lies just west of Baghdad and still views the United States with bitterness and extreme distrust.

Residents point the finger at US weaponry for causing a rise in birth defects, mainly congenital heart problems, still occurring years later.

Yet when Fallujah General Hospital opened a new cardiac catheterisation laboratory in July, it was American doctors who helped launch it and test the equipment.

“I am an educated man,” said Firas al-Kubaisy, a Fallujah native and one of the hospital’s paediatric cardiologists. “So I know the American people are different from their politicians.” read more>>>

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