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Going back : how a former refugee, now an internationally acclaimed surgeon, returned to Iraq to change the lives of injured soldiers and civilians / Munjed Al Muderis ; with Patrick Weaver.

By: Al Muderis, Munjed.
Contributor(s): Weaver, Patrick [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Sydney, New South Wales : Allen & Unwin, 2019Description: 298 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, colour portraits ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781760633165; 176063316X.Subject(s): Al Muderis, Munjed | Orthopedists -- Iraq -- Biography | Orthopedists -- Australia -- Biography | Refugees -- Australia -- Biography | Surgeons -- Australia -- Biography | Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Veterans -- Medical care | Iraqis -- Australia -- BiographyGenre/Form: Autobiographies.DDC classification: 617.4/7092 Summary: Munjed's new book is once more a journey, but this time in taking him across the world on a quest to save others rather than himself. In Munjed Al Muderis's bestselling memoir Walking Free, he described his experience as a refugee fleeing Saddam Hussein's Iraq, his terrifying sea journey to Australia and the brutal mandatory detention he faced in the remote north of Western Australia. The book also detailed his early work as a pioneering orthopaedic surgeon at the cutting edge of world medicine. In Going Back, Munjed shares the extraordinary journey that his life-changing new surgical technique has taken him on. Through osseointegration, he implants titanium rods into the human skeleton and attaches robotic limbs, allowing patients genuine, effective and permanent mobility. Munjed has performed this operation on hundreds of Australian civilians, wounded British soldiers who've lost legs in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a survivor of the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. But nothing has been as extraordinary as his return to Iraq after eighteen years, at the invitation of the Iraqi government, to operate on soldiers, police and civilian amputees wounded in the horrific war against ISIS. These stories are both heartbreaking and full of hope, and are told from the unique perspective of a refugee returning to the place of his birth as a celebrated international surgeon.
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Munjed's new book is once more a journey, but this time in taking him across the world on a quest to save others rather than himself.

Munjed's new book is once more a journey, but this time in taking him across the world on a quest to save others rather than himself. In Munjed Al Muderis's bestselling memoir Walking Free, he described his experience as a refugee fleeing Saddam Hussein's Iraq, his terrifying sea journey to Australia and the brutal mandatory detention he faced in the remote north of Western Australia. The book also detailed his early work as a pioneering orthopaedic surgeon at the cutting edge of world medicine. In Going Back, Munjed shares the extraordinary journey that his life-changing new surgical technique has taken him on. Through osseointegration, he implants titanium rods into the human skeleton and attaches robotic limbs, allowing patients genuine, effective and permanent mobility. Munjed has performed this operation on hundreds of Australian civilians, wounded British soldiers who've lost legs in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a survivor of the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. But nothing has been as extraordinary as his return to Iraq after eighteen years, at the invitation of the Iraqi government, to operate on soldiers, police and civilian amputees wounded in the horrific war against ISIS. These stories are both heartbreaking and full of hope, and are told from the unique perspective of a refugee returning to the place of his birth as a celebrated international surgeon.

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Al Muderis (Walking Free), a surgeon specializing in osseointegration, a procedure that attaches robotic limbs to amputees, here, with writer Weaver, recounts his journey back to his native Iraq, which he fled almost two decades earlier. He relates his childhood, his professional successes in Iraq, the threats he encountered under the Saddam Hussein regime that ultimately forced him to abandon his homeland, and his treacherous journey to find refuge. Eventually settling in Australia, where he perfected his surgical skills and shared his gifts with those most in need, Al Muderis describes the difficult decision to return and reconnect with the country he once called home. VERDICT An engaging account of a man who accepts life-altering challenges as opportunities to improve himself and the lives of others, this should prove an enjoyable read for anyone interested in immigration memoirs or medical tales.--Susan E. Montgomery, Rollins Coll., Winter Park, FL