Oxford-based doctor returns from Libyan mission

An Oxford-based doctor has returned to work after spending three weeks helping to save lives in Libya.

The orthopaedic surgeon, who works at the John Radcliffe Hospital, is originally from the Libyan town of Benghazi where the rebels are based.

He went back with a small medical mission from Canada, US and Britain.

"I've experienced things I'll probably never experience in my life again. It was a terrifying experience," he said.

"People brought the hospital pieces of bodies they found on the street caused by the Gaddafi forces using heavy fire against the civilians."

'Massacre in Benghazi'

He originally went back to his hometown one week after the start of the conflict.

When he first arrived he said things had radically changed for the better, with the people released from government oppression, but things quickly got worse.

"By the time I left, the Gaddafi troops were approaching Benghazi very quickly. The mood had changed and people thought that the West was going to leave them alone in this to die.

"There was no doubt about the Gaddafi forces' intentions. They were going to carry out a massacre in Benghazi."

He has a lot of friends and family in the city and has only been able to speak to them once on the telephone since his return.

"When I crossed the Egyptian border I felt a little sad and guilty that I left Libya in this situation and I'm hoping to go back once we get another team arranged in the next two or three weeks.

"It's my country, it's my people and they were brave, they were defiant," he said.

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