Friday, August 26, 2011

What happened in Abu Salim hospital; Tripoli, Libya ?

Snapshot from AJE report in Abu Salim hospital
The four-story hospital was in the Abu Salim neighbourhood, which has seen some of the heaviest fighting this week. The facility was empty and it could not be determined when the men had been killed. The floors were covered with shattered glass and bloodstains, while medical equipment was strewn about. Read more.. Tripoli Post.

Dead bodies lie on beds in Abu Salim trauma hospital;Tripoli, Libya (Photo: AFP)

The hospital had been cut off from health care workers for five days as rebel fighters sought to dislodge Gaddafi loyalists in the surrounding area of Abu Salim. Rescuers finally reached the hospital late on Thursday, finding 21 surviving patients among a macabre scene of dead bodies. 
On Friday morning, a team from the International Committee of the Red Cross evacuated the survivors from the virtually deserted facility. They had waited for days as the stench of decomposing bodies grew, the corridors spattered with blood, the morgue overflowing with corpses and dozens still in their hospital rooms. Twenty bodies were piled on the grass in the garden outside, and one was still lying on a bloody gurney outside the emergency ward. Read more...The Telegraph.

The decaying bodies of up to 80 people have been found in Tripoli's Abu Salim trauma hospital.

Among the bloodshed of the fighting in Tripoli's Abu Salim area one family celebrated their own miracle. As the rebels swept in last Sunday, 10-year-old Mohammad went on to the streets to watch history being made. Injured in the chaos, he was taken to a local hospital where his parents eventually found him by chance. The doctor who treated him said: "We were trying to transfer him (to a better hospital), and suddenly the family arrived to look for him. They saw him in the ambulance and they were very, very shocked."

The Abu Salim trauma hospital in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has been cut off to most of the outside world due to fighting in the area.

More than 200 decomposing bodies have been found abandoned at a hospital in a district of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, that has seen fierce fighting.

“Conditions in there are dreadful – just dreadful,” said Red Cross worker Bridget Comninos, “we are just trying to assist doctors here.”  
Check this report "The horror of Abu Salim " by  Alex Thomson for Channel 4 News 

"So far, we have delivered enough medical supplies to treat at least 500 people, but there are likely to be many more casualties," said Mr Comninos. "We are increasingly concerned about the inability of medical personnel to reach hospitals. Abu Salim Trauma Centre, which is in an area where fighting is taking place, simply cannot function because of a lack of staff." Said  the ICRC.
Read more ...Libya: ICRC surgical team on its way to Tripoli

Seventeen survivors taken away from Abu Salim's hospital for treatment by the Red Cross. AFP
The boy was one of 17 survivors taken away for treatment by the Red Cross, one of whose workers described the conditions as "dreadful". Read more 

Finally, let's thanks brave doctors in Libya 

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