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£10,000 raised in 2 hours for baby's lifesaving surgery

Current third year GKT School of Medical Education student, Mohammed Enam Ahmod has been nominated for the Dr Abbas Khan Medal for his outstanding contribution to humanitarian work.

The Dr Abbas Khan Medal was established in 2015 to provide a lasting tribute to the extraordinary humanitarian contribution of alumnus Dr Abbas Khan. Dr Khan graduated in medicine from King’s in 2006 and went on to become an orthopaedic surgeon. He tragically passed away in 2013 after he was detained for undertaking humanitarian work in Syria. 

Over the past three years, Enam has dedicated his time outside of medical school to charity work. As director for the nationally lead Students4Syria organisation and President of the King’s Students4Syria chapter he has raised awareness about the Syrian crisis and empowered other students to become involved.

Students4Syria seeks to empower students to become proactive members of society who are aware and nuanced on the Syrian civil war and able to help Syrians currently suffering due to the conflict, he said.

Members are dedicated to supporting Syrians who have been suffering as a result of the conflict by setting up and supporting initiatives both within and outside of Syria.

Enam Ahmod

Seeing the influx of students wanting to get involved gives Enam enormous pleasure.

In the last three years seeing Students4Syria go from a tiny society at King’s, to students wanting to get involved is something that I find very inspirational.

Our motto is ‘Be the Change, Inspire Others’ which is based on the idea that truthful and inspirational people have a ripple effect. Individuals who promote truth and are truthful, stand for justice and hold onto and act upon values that are noble, are not only infectious but are inspirational to others, which has a ripple effect.

In 2014-15, Enam led a team to fundraise with Human Aid UK for the Dr Abbas Khan Emergency Medical Service.

Speaking of Dr Khan, Enam is inspired by his work: Dr Khan is someone we have eulogised in previous Students4Syria events for his dedication to humanitarian work and the Syrian cause. Our members find a lot of inspiration from him. He is someone who I look up to, and aspire to have similar values to and be as dedicated as he was to the wellbeing of others.

Students4Syria

In 2015-16 Enam led a fundraising team with Human Relief Foundation (HRF) to build the first ever disability and rehabilitation centre in Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan for Syrian refugee children and their families. Collectively £40,000 was raised.

The centre aims to be an environment where children with various disabilities are supported and to educate their families on how to take care of them so they can overcome the odds and live healthy, productive and dignified lives.

In 2016, Enam travelled to Jordan with HRF to visit the families that the centre would be supporting and see how the donations would be used. While there he met a baby with a congenital heart defect whose family could not afford his surgery.

While in Jordan we met a family whose baby son, Ahmad, didn't have long left to live due to a congenital heart defect, Enam explained. It left myself and the entire team shattered, but we all wanted to help.

Students4Syria Team with a baby

At only 4 months old, Ahmad suffered from an illness that prevented the oxygen in the blood from circulating the body properly. If he did not undergo an operation in the next seven days, the implications would have been fatal.

As a medical student, I asked his father if his fingers turned blue. He replied, with great strength in his voice, that his entire body turns blue. We were dumbfounded. They would take him outside in the sun to help his body return to its normal skin colour.

Inspired to fundraise for his surgery, Enam led the team in Jordan to mobilize efforts in the UK. The team set to work and in less than two hours had raised the £10,000 need for the life saving surgery.

You have to understand is that the campaign was led by students. Every single one of us is still in education and financially broke. But you can always do something.

Ahmad made a full recovery and is now doing very well, his family are eternally grateful to all those who donated.

Baby in Jordan

Speaking of this humanitarian work, Enam is humble: It’s hard to put into words or even describe how dedicating almost three years of my time outside of medical school doing charity work and raising awareness about the Syrian crisis has made me feel. Happy is the word that comes to mind. I know it sounds almost childish, but I think everyone knows that feeling, where the simplest words convey the most universal of meanings.

Nominated for the Dr Abbas Khan Medal, Enam is honoured: It is a real honour for me and I’m just very grateful for the nomination alongside all the support Students4Syria has received over the years and that myself and Students4Syria have the privilege to be honoured in his name.

Enam Ahmod with a kid from Syria

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Enam is one of four nominees for the 2016 Dr Abbas Khan Medal. The winner will be named at the Award Ceremony on 6 February 2017. MBBS staff, students and alumni are invited for what promises to be an inspiring night. More information and to RSVP visit the Dr Abbas Khan Medal page.