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03/08/2013

A Canadian doctor tweets her day from a clandestine Syrian hospital

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Canadian family physician Anne Marie Pegg treats patients at one of Médecins Sans Frontières' clandestine hospitals in Syria. (MSF/Facebook photo)

Meet 
Anne Marie Pegg.

She is a Canadian doctor, formerly based in Yellowknife, who has been working with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2008. She is now in Syria, where she's treating patients in a trauma hospital -- the Syrian government has refused to give MSF permission to work in the country so the humanitarian agency is operating three clandestine hospitals in opposition-held areas. (More from MSF on Syria here).

Recently, Pegg helped deliver her hospital's first baby, Arshad, by Caesarean section. You may have read about it in the Star.

It's tough to imagine what daily life is like for Pegg. But on this International Women's Day, she's letting us into her world a little by tweeting a play-by-play of the day she helped bring Arshad into this world.

Here's her first tweet:

 You can read the rest of her Twitter dispatches by following MSF Canada's Twitter stream. You can also see her in action here; the whole video is worth watching but you can zip ahead to the 3:08 mark to hear from Pegg.

Pegg has also written about her work overseas, which you can read here and here.

Jennifer Yang is the Toronto Star’s global health reporter. She previously worked as a general assignment reporter and won a NNA in 2011 for her explanatory piece on the Chilean mining disaster. Follow her on Twitter: @jyangstar

 

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I am truly impressed by Dr. Pegg's humanitarian zeal. Having said that, I certainly hope that she doesn't consider her Canadian passport as a 'get out of jail free' card.

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