We have been informed of the tragic loss of our dear colleague Dr Rahimullah Hamid as a result of contracting Covid 19.
Testimony of his friend Nich Woolf:
“His training in medicine was all unpaid for. He would work as a cleaner and then be tutored at night. He wanted proper medicine for Afghanistan. He would run his ward rounds in English and get me to correct their grammar if they deviated in any way. My grammar was never good enough. His students loved him. He never shouted and always had time to explain. He had no time for politicians and absolutely hated corruption. Would always blow up balloons for children and never minded how long it took to distract a child.”
Dr Hamid was a unique figure in Orthopaedic Surgery in Afghanistan.
He has changed to the better the life of thousands of patients, especially children suffering from DDH.
His humanity, dedication to helping others and his ethos have distinguished him and will be terribly missed by all of us.
Rahimullah was certainly an exceptional surgeon in all senses of the word. I suppose that there are more than 1,000 children walking around as a memorial to a great human being.
It is a massive loss to his family, his patients and for the whole country of Afghanistan.