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Living in Emergency

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders. Live on December 14

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

Thanks to Mark Hopkins, the director of Living in Emergency documentary, and his crew you have a chance to see what work for Doctors Without Borders really looks like in the field. Living in Emergency was filmed in war zones of Libera and Congo with unprecedented access to field operations. The story follows four volunteer doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions.

Here is the trailer:

If you live in the US, you have a chance to participate in the unique one night event. Elizabeth Vargas, Anchor of ABC News 20/20, will host this event featuring the critically acclaimed documentary “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders” and will moderate a LIVE panel discussion with MSF frontline aid workers and award-winning journalists. The event will be broadcast via satellite on December 14, from the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU in New York City to over 440 select movie theaters nationwide.

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Baghdad ER

I just watched a great documentary by the team of Emmy Award winner producer/director Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill called Baghdad ER. This HBO documentary brings a story of medical personnel of the 86th Combat Support Hospital, the US Army’s premier medical facility in Iraq.

It is quite shocking and a great reminder how pointless and stupid any war is. For now own, every time I catch myself thinking that I am having a rough night, I am going to thing of these brave people. You think your ER is hard, think again. I was left feeling kind of helpless at the end of the movie, because the number of killed and injured, for the most part young, people just keep increasing without any sign of stopping.

Dear colleagues in Iraq, or anywhere else in the world where there is a war, you have my utmost respect. Hold on, hopefully for not much longer.

You can buy the Baghdad ER DVD from the HBO store.

Here are some screen shots from the film.

Usual morning meeting of medical staff.
Baghdad ER

The world’s most dangerous road, Route Irish in Baghdad.
Baghdad ER

They just lost a friend in the attack by an improvised explosive device (IED).
Baghdad ER

M.D. Cigar Night. Something doctors do just to feel sane. Of course, bombs are blasting in the background, choppers are flying overhead and there is some risk of getting shot by snipper.
Baghdad ER

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Watch your own heart attack

British Heart Foundation maintains a website to warn people about heart attack symptoms and the importance to promptly seek professional help if you start experiencing them. A two minute film which enables you to experience what it’s like to have a heart attack first hand plays a central role in their campaign to save lives.

Be sure to watch this incredible film and share it with others.

You might have recognized Stephen Berkoff, a famous English actor playing a lead role in this film. Isn’t he just brilliant? Like some old mobster.

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