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Jordanian doctor Anwar el-Sayeed tells his story
Written by Елизавета Маетная   
Суббота, 26 Октябрь 2002
In ‘Moskovsky Komsomolets’
Anwar el-Said: “For a long time after going into the theatrical center, everything inside me was quivering”
“We’ll only allow in foreign doctors!” went the terrorist demand, so after some time two Jordanian doctors entered the ball-bearing factory theatrical center.
Dr. Anwar el-Sayeed and Dr. Zaki Achmad were the first physicians to visit the captured theatrical center building. Both are well spoken in Russian, because for the last 20 years they have lived in Russia and have dual citizenship. They graduated from the Moscow Medical Institute, and now they themselves teach at the Academy of Medicine.
“Nobody sent our embassy an official request to provide medical specialists,” stated the Jordanian ambassador to Russia, His Excellency Mr. Achmed Ali al-Mubaydin, in an interview with ‘MK’. “Though I’m not surprised that our doctors went in to see the hostages. In this situation it didn’t matter whether they were Jordanians or representatives of another country, among Muslims and Arabs working in Moscow, our experts are simply the best, and so they went. I think no one in their place would have refused, and in this case they were ready to help everyone.”
Dr. Anwar el-Sayeed is an associate Professor of Surgery at the Sechenov Academy. He not only teaches, but also performs surgeries. Dr. Zaki Achmad is his faithful friend and assistant, and they have worked together for many years.
“At 7 am on Friday, Anwar Huseinovich (el-Sayeed) was already at the academy, because at 8 he was to perform a complicated surgery,” they told us at his department. “He remains in contact with the operational headquarters and is ready at any moment to return to the hostages.”
Once information was received that one of the terrorists was wounded and needed surgery on his hand, they immediately remembered the Jordanian doctors.
“You know, so far no body from the operational headquarters or the FSB has contacted me about this,” Anwar el-Sayeed told ‘MK’. “We’re physicians doctors, and it’s our duty to help others. Although, frankly, I’m still a little scared when I think about how we went in there.”
- What was the situation inside?
“It was very quiet. In normal life, after all, we never think about what a fine line there is between life and death. While I was in there, I didn’t think about it, either, but now I think about it constantly. Apparently, we and the hostages share the same fate.”
- Are you still scared?
“You know, it’s a lot of stress. For a long time after going into the theatrical center, everything inside me was quivering. Today after surgery, I went with Dr. Zaki to the sauna. We just got back. I feel a little better, but what can one say about the hostages?”
- How many critically ill patients did you attend to?
“There were no critical cases, but all the hostages have psychoses and neuroses. Theirs is a normal human reaction. You can imagine how long they have been in this terrible situation, on the verge of death. There are also children, and they and the adults in there, everyone needs medication, food, and medical assistance.”
- Which of the terrorists talked to you? What did they talk about? How did they treat the hostages?
“I can’t answer these questions. All the hostages are under a heavy emotional strain, and that’s all I can say.”
- Did (the authorities) make you sign a non-disclosure agreement?
“No. Moreover, after we left the building, we weren’t even invited to the operational headquarters, and representatives from the security services also haven’t spoken with us.”
- Did you consult with the Red Cross doctors before they went into the theater building?
“No, but we didn’t get any instructions, either, even though we were never in anything like that before.”
- Did you imagine the situation would be something different?
“I don’t know. You’ll please excuse me if I don’t pursue this topic any further. I’m still a bit psychotic about it.”
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