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Al Muderis (right) visits his patients who have lost limbs and had prostheses applied by him with Prince Harry (left) at the Macquarie University Clinic in Sydney in 2015

Inspiring refugee who fled the Saddam Hussein regime by boat and was imprisoned before becoming a surgeon is called NSW Australian of the Year

  • Munjed Al Muderis was awarded for overcoming obstacles to becoming a surgeon
  • He was detained in various prisons after he fled the Saddam Hussein regime by boat
  • The orthopedic surgeon specializes in hip, knee and reconstructive surgery
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Sydney, orthopedic surgeon and human rights lawyer Munjed Al Muderis, was named NSW Australian of the Year for 2020 after he & # 39; extraordinary & # 39; Overcome obstacles to do work that helps people around the world.

Professor Al Muderis, who was detained on Christmas Island and in various Australian prisons after fleeing the Saddam Hussein regime by boat, is a compassionate ambassador for various organizations and advocates for asylum seekers and refugees, the price organizers said in a statement Monday.

The 47-year-old overcame extraordinary obstacles to becoming an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip, knee and reconstructive surgery.

Al Muderis (right) visits his patients who have lost limbs and had prostheses applied by him with Prince Harry (left) at the Macquarie University Clinic in Sydney in 2015

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Al Muderis (right) visits his patients who have lost limbs and had prostheses applied by him with Prince Harry (left) at the Macquarie University Clinic in Sydney in 2015

Munjed Al Muderis poses with his prize after being named NSW Australian of the Year for 2020 in the Museum of Contemporary Art

Munjed Al Muderis poses with his prize after being named NSW Australian of the Year for 2020 in the Museum of Contemporary Art

Munjed Al Muderis poses with his prize after being named NSW Australian of the Year for 2020 in the Museum of Contemporary Art

He took a team seven times at his own expense to his former homeland, Iraq, to ​​help the victims of the conflict he fled.

& # 39; His surgical innovations and breakthroughs help Australians and people around the world & # 39 ;, said Monday statement.

& # 39; Munjed is an example of the valuable and positive contribution that refugees can make – an example of what it means to be Australian. & # 39;

Other prize winners include environmental educator and Bellingen founder of social enterprise OzGreen, Sue Lennox, who has been named NSW Senior Australian of the Year, while indigenous mentor and fundraiser Corey Tutt received the NSW Young Australian of the Year.

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Mr. Tutt, 27, collects donations for scientific resources through his Deadly Science organization and sends them to remote schools throughout Australia.

& # 39; Corey's actions inspire indigenous children to believe in themselves and understand their environment – for the benefit of Australia and all its people, & # 39 ;, the organizers said.

Bernie Shakeshaft, the founder of the BackTrack Youth Works Program, was called the NSW Local Hero.

The award-winning program of the 52-year-old used animal-supported learning, farming skills and a living facility to help vulnerable children.

& # 39; He and his extraordinary team have helped more than 1,000 children reconnect with their education, training, families, and community by offering them love and support to live their hopes and dreams.

Al Muderis (photo), 47, received the title for overcoming & # 39; extraordinary & # 39; obstacles to becoming an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip, knee and reconstructive surgery
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Al Muderis (photo), 47, received the title for overcoming & # 39; extraordinary & # 39; obstacles to becoming an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip, knee and reconstructive surgery

Al Muderis (photo), 47, received the title for overcoming & # 39; extraordinary & # 39; obstacles to becoming an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip, knee and reconstructive surgery

National Australia Day Council CEO Karlie Brand congratulated the & # 39; truly inspiring & # 39; recipients and noted their amazing contributions to the country.

& # 39; They make a huge difference to the lives of others and to the world we live in, & she said in a statement.

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that the 60th anniversary of the prizes & # 39; offered a special opportunity to recognize those who make a real and lasting difference in NSW & # 39 ;.

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& # 39; Every year I am inspired by the recipients' stories, and this year is no exception & # 39 ;, she said in a statement.

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