Thursday, July 19, 2012
Christian Surgeonís Heart Center under Threat from Muslims in Egypt
By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
EGYPT (ANS) -- A charitable medical center that performs free heart operations on children in Egypt is under threat from radical Muslims, who want it closed down because it was founded by a Christian surgeon.
Barnabas Aid said the centerís Muslim director was interviewed on Egyptian television about the protests by radical elements in Aswan. She said that closing down the government licensed center would be a big loss for Egypt.
Barnabas Aid said Sir Magdi, who specializes in surgery on children with congenital heart defects, goes to the center in Aswan himself to perform operations on needy youngsters. His charity sends teams of medics to various parts of the developing world to treat for free children suffering from heart disease.
According to Barnabas Aid, the protests against his medical center follow the election last month of an Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, in Egypt, which heightened concerns for the future of Christians in the country.
Barnabas Aid said although Morsi has made encouraging overtones about being a ďpresident for all Egyptians,Ē and even pledged to appoint a Christian vice-president, it seems that Islamists have been further emboldened by his election to push for their agenda.
Barnabas Aid said Sir Magdi, who was knighted in 1992, qualified as a doctor in Cairo in 1957 but soon experienced discrimination, which prompted him to emigrate. He became a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Harefield Hospital in 1973, and under his leadership it became the countryís leading transplant center.
Sir Magdi was involved in the first UK heart transplant, and his pioneering research has led to great advancements in heart and lung surgery. He is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Imperial College London, having retired from the National Health service in 2001.
Barnabas Aid provides hope and relief for the persecuted church. For more information go to www.barnabasfund.org/US/About-us/Who-we-are/
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