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Syrian doctor who gave medical aid to protesters dies in custody

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 01 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5951
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

A Syrian doctor has who was deeply involved in coordinating efforts to provide medical help to injured people during Syria’s uprising has died in a Damascus prison.

Although Syrian officials have not confirmed a cause of death, relatives believe that Osama Baroudi, a 37 year old gastroenterologist who had diabetes and hypertension, was repeatedly tortured and denied medical assistance and food. Another doctor detained with Baroudi at the Saydnayha Prison has told the family that he died in a coma after refractory diarrhoea.

Authorities told the family of the …

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