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Walking Free : The Extraordinary True Story of a Young Man Who Fled War-Torn Iraq, Came to Australia as a Refugee by Boat, Spent Months in a Detention Centre and Went on to Become a Pioneering Surgeon. - Munjed Al Muderis

Walking Free

The Extraordinary True Story of a Young Man Who Fled War-Torn Iraq, Came to Australia as a Refugee by Boat, Spent Months in a Detention Centre and Went on to Become a Pioneering Surgeon.

Paperback Published: 23rd September 2015
ISBN: 9781760291143
Number Of Pages: 336

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Product Description

One man's phenomenal tale of escaping a death sentence in Iraq, surviving the Australian Refugee system and becoming a pioneering surgeon at the forefront of Orthopaedic medicine.

In 1999, Munjed Al Muderis was a young surgical resident working in Baghdad when a squad of Military Police marched into the operating theatre and ordered the surgical team to mutilate the ears of three busloads of army deserters. When the head of surgery refused, he was executed in front of his staff. Munjed's choices were stark--comply and breach the medical oath 'do no harm', refuse and face certain death, or flee.

That day, Munjed's life changed forever. He escaped to Indonesia, where he boarded a filthy, overcrowded refugee boat, bound for Australia.

Like his fellow passengers, he hoped for a new life, free from fear and oppression, but for ten months he was incarcerated in what became known as the worst of the refugee camps, Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia. There he was known only by a number, locked in solitary confinement and repeatedly told to go back to Iraq.

On 26 August 2000, Munjed was finally freed. Now, fourteen years later, he is one of the world's leading osseointegration surgeons, transforming the lives of amputees with a pioneering technique that allows them to walk again.

Walking Free is Munjed's extraordinary account of his journey from the brutality of Saddam Hussein's Iraq to a new life in Australia and a remarkable career at the forefront of medicine.

About the Author

Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis is a world leading osseointegration surgeon and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney. He practises as an orthopaedic surgeon at the Norwest Private Hospital, the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital and the Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney's northern suburbs. He lives in Sydney with his wife Irina, who's a GP, and their daughter Sophia.

Patrick Weaver is a highly regarded writer and public relations consultant who runs his own public relations and creative writing business in Sydney. He was previously a senior executive with an international public relations firm and with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Patrick is a former journalist with extensive experience in radio and newspapers in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He was born in the UK, migrating to New Zealand in 1975 and to Australia in 1978. He lives in Sydney and has two adult children.

Walking free

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This man is amazing. He has been through do much trauma in his life and still wants to give back. Australia is so lucky to have him.

Melbourne

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A very moving story

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I am looking forward to reading this man's next book

Brisbane

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A wonderful book: stark and authentic.

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Having been deeply moved and educated by this book, I bought it for a friend. This book shows the challenging side of life as a detainee in Curtin, as well as the fortitude, bravery, wisdom, compassion and forgiveness of a truly noble human spirit. We can celebrate that this extraordinary human being rose above the dark night to shine with love, service, intelligence and immense skill, using robotics in his work as an orthopedic surgeon. We, in Australia, can feel honoured and enriched by his presence in the community: it was our lucky day, when a boat brought this man to our shores.

Sunshine Coast

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Great story!

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Great story.

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ISBN: 9781760291143
ISBN-10: 1760291145
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 23rd September 2015
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.34

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