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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Boston Doctor Planned To Work With Ambassador On Libya Health Care

Doctor Thomas Burke of Massachusetts General Hospital was in a hotel room in Benghazi, Libya last Tuesday night, planning a meeting with Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who died in an attack on the U.S. consulate that night.

The two had planned to discuss a 10-year effort to establish Benghazi’s first modern emergency care department and pre-hospital care system. But when Burke spoke on the phone with an attache at the U.S. consulate, the attache yelled “Oh My God” and hung up, and Burke, who was a mile from the consulate, felt a huge blast that turned out to be the attack on the American consulate that fatally injured Stevens.

Later that night ambassador Stevens was brought to the Benghazi Medical Center and pronounced dead. It was the very place where Stevens and Dr. Burke were scheduled to meet to discuss their plans for Libya’s health care system.

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  • ND

    what about efforts to save the other Americans? Why are we only talking about the ambassador? A great man, it’s true, but there were 3 other people there. 

    • Robin

      great point, and perhaps you didn’t hear, it was made! There were actually
      9 others who died.

      Thanks for weighing in though.

      Best
      Robin

  • Melanie

    This was one of the best shows I’ve ever heard. It broke my heart to hear how well liked Ambassador Stevens was, the response of the medical team that tried to save him, and the politics and systems that prevented him from getting the emergency services that might have saved him. Thank you for telling this story.

  • ideas to improve

    can USA build  safe house underneath of  foreign facilities

  • Frank N. Blunt

    Hopefully, Libya doesn’t sell out its citizens to health predators like ScAmerika has with its dysfunctional, corruption-ridden, & exploitative health con. Maybe this doctor is an exception from the corporateers, shills, & kleptocrats; somebody that still embodies what was a once noble profession before it was heisted like other social institutions.

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