Syrian Refugee Graduates As A Doctor From St George's

Dr Tirej Brimo now aims to specialise in emergency medicine or trauma surgery

It took a decade, four countries and over 20 homes but 27 year old Tirej Brimo is now a doctor.

Dr Brimo first went to medical school in Aleppo, Syria at just 17 but when the war broke out he was forced to leave Syria just a few months before finishing his course. Spending time in Lebanon and Egypt he finally made it to England four years ago. During an interview with The Evening Standard he revealed that he applyied to every medical school in the country and was rejected by most before being accepted at St George's.

"I have learned that the UK is a fair place. If you put the efoort in you get the result. I feel attached to the community. It welcomed me, gave me love and believed in me," he told The Standard.

Dr Brimo's mother and brother have now also made it to the UK.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and former local MP, attended Dr Brimo's graduation ceremony and congratulated the young doctor (below).

Dr Brimo graduated four years after he applied for asylum in South London and said, "To move from a moment of non-trust where your fingerprints are being taken, to a moment where you are not only trusted , but trusted with people's lives and health, is an honour and big responsibility. I am so proud."

August 3, 2017