Pioneering surgeon Munjed Al Muderis is known for being at the top of his field, and now he will visit Hornsby Library to share his story of travelling to Australia as a refugee.
Munjed is an osseointegration surgeon who was recently in the headlines after he was granted a visit from Prince Harry, who has a keen interest in Munjed’s work in rehabilitating injured soldiers.
In his book Walking Free, he chronicles his personal story of fleeing from war-torn Iraq as a refugee then spending months in a Western Australian detention centre before finally being freed.
Munjed chose to escape Baghdad after he witnessed a squad of military police demanding a surgical team to mutilate army deserters and punishing them when they refused.
Not wanting to breach the medical oath ‘do no harm’, he escaped to Kuala Lumpar then Indonesia, where he boarded a filthy overcrowded refugee boat headed for Australia.
After suffering in a detention centre for ten months, Munjed was freed and had to start working on his medical career again from scratch as his qualifications were not recognised in Australia.
Fourteen years later, he is one of the world’s leading osseointegration surgeons and has transformed the lives of amputees with a pioneering technique that allows them to walk again.
He is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame and also practices at Norwest Private Hospital, the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital and the Macquarie University Hospital.
WHEN: Tuesday 9 June, 6.30pm
WHERE: Hornsby Library
COST: $5.00 with light refreshments
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: Book online at hornsby.nsw.gov.au/library