First uniportal VATS surgery in Gaza, December 19. 2020
The pandemic has largely impacted the world, especially in poor cities under siege such as Gaza. Nobody can go in, nobody can go out.
After overcoming an unexpected visa issue and successfully passing three checkpoints (including Hamas militants), Dr. Diego finally managed to enter the Gaza Strip. 10 cases were prepared for Dr. Diego’s visit to Gaza, with five of the patients testing positive for COVID-19 just one day before the surgery. What’s more irritating is that the electricity is turned off during operations. After the operation, one of the patients woke up and said, “Thank God, I can breathe now.” Maybe this is the meaning behind Dr. Diego’s trip to Gaza despite so many difficulties.
“I’d like to help people, I’d like to teach what I know, to share knowledge, to go to new places and meet people from every culture, to learn from them, to explore the world—especially doing surgery and helping patients in places where they need it most. It is what makes me feel happier. Thanks to our visit, we can improve the patient’s quality of life.”