Publisher details

Walking Free
Authors
Dr Munjed Al Muderis, Patrick Weaver
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
Genre
Biography and Memoir
Released
01 October, 2014

Synopsis

In 1999, Munjed Al Muderis was a young surgical resident working in Baghdad when a squad of Military Police marched into the operating theatre and ordered the surgical team to mutilate the ears of three busloads of army deserters. When the head of surgery refused, he was executed in front of his staff. Munjed's choices were stark-comply and breach the medical oath 'do no harm', refuse and face certain death, or flee.That day, Munjed's life changed forever. He escaped to Indonesia, where he boarded a filthy, overcrowded refugee boat, bound for Australia.Like his fellow passengers, he hoped for a new life, free from fear and oppression, but for ten months he was incarcerated in what became known as the worst of the refugee camps, Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia. There he was known only by a number, locked in solitary confinement and repeatedly told to go back to Iraq.On 26 August 2000, Munjed was finally freed. Now, fourteen years later, he is one of the world's leading osseointegration surgeons, transforming the lives of amputees with a pioneering technique that allows them to walk again.Walking Free is Munjed's extraordinary account of his journey from the brutality of Saddam Hussein's Iraq to a new life in Australia and a remarkable career at the forefront of medicine.
Patrick Weaver
About the author

Patrick Weaver

Patrick Weaver is a highly regarded writer and public relations consultant who runs his own public relations and creative writing business in Sydney. He was previously a senior executive with an international public relations firm and with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Patrick is a former journalist with extensive experience in radio and newspapers in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He was born in the UK, migrating to New Zealand in 1975 and to Australia in 1978. He lives in Sydney and has two adult children.

Books by Patrick Weaver

Dr Munjed Al Muderis
About the author

Dr Munjed Al Muderis

Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis is a world leading osseointegration surgeon and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney. He practises as an orthopaedic surgeon at the Norwest Private Hospital, the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital and the Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney's northern suburbs. He lives in Sydney with his wife Irina, who's a GP, and their daughter Sophia.

Books by Dr Munjed Al Muderis

Related articles

Challenging Stereotypes: Author Eliza Henry Jones Shares the Inspiration for How to Grow a Family Tree

News | Author Related

1 April 2020

Challenging Stereotypes: Author Eliza Henry Jones Shares the Inspiration for How to Grow a Family Tree

Guilty Secrets: What I Found On my Friend's Bedside Table

News | Book Life

31 March 2020

Guilty Secrets: What I Found On my Friend's Bedside Table

    The Daughter of Victory Lights Author Kerri Turner Shares 10 Books About Connecting From Afar

    News | Book Life

    31 March 2020

    The Daughter of Victory Lights Author Kerri Turner Shares 10 Books About Connecting From Afar

      Supporting Local Bookstores: Dymocks in Nowra

      News | Book Life

      30 March 2020

      Supporting Local Bookstores: Dymocks in Nowra

        Podcast: Ruby Hamad on White Women's Tears

        Podcast

        30 March 2020

        Podcast: Ruby Hamad on White Women's Tears

          Going on an Adventure: Catherine Pelosi's Favourite Adventure Stories

          News | Author Related

          27 March 2020

          Going on an Adventure: Catherine Pelosi's Favourite Adventure Stories

          Books That Were Banned, Burned & Challenged: Some Will Surprise You!

          News | Book Life

          23 March 2020

          Books That Were Banned, Burned & Challenged: Some Will Surprise You!

            Podcast: Charles Firth - The Chaser and beyond

            Podcast

            23 March 2020

            Podcast: Charles Firth - The Chaser and beyond

              Author Mary-Anne O’Connor Reminds us that The Oldest Cure for Boredom is in the Book

              News | Author Related | Book Life

              17 March 2020

              Author Mary-Anne O’Connor Reminds us that The Oldest Cure for Boredom is in the Book

                Authors-On-The-Go: Full-time House sitters, Bill Duncan and Catherine Lee

                News | Book Life

                16 March 2020

                Authors-On-The-Go: Full-time House sitters, Bill Duncan and Catherine Lee

                  COMMENTS

                  Leave a Reply

                  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *