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The legacy of Dr Raheal Gabrasadig

Raheal's legacy as a doctor bringing "dedication, hard work and compassion" to support her patients and colleagues every day as well as her passion for education was recognised by her colleagues at the annual paediatric award ceremony for the East of England.

At the ceremony, held at Addenbrook’s Hospital in Cambridge, Dr Wilf Kelsall, head of the paediatric school for the East of England, posthumously gave Raheal a reward as an unsung hero of paediatrics. Additionally, the first Raheal Gabrasadig Award for Educational Achievement was awarded to Dr Nikhil Ganjoo, who was chosen by his colleagues. Her friends & colleagues hope that this award will serve her memory & pay tribute to all the things she had achieved in her short life. Over the next 5 years during which this award will run, her colleagues hope that she continues "to inspire them to be the best that you can be, both academically & on a personal level".

Dr Kelsall made a speech about Raheal’s contribution in her too-short life, receiving a standing ovation, and remembered her as "a truly special person who somehow managed to bring out the best of us. We miss her deeply. It has been said, that some people are in our lives only briefly, but leave footprints in our hearts forever. Raheal was one such individual & our lives are richer for having known her... Despite all her educational achievements, one of Raheal’s greatest qualities was her kindness, compassion, friendship, & the way she looked out for everyone, whether they were a close friend or just a passing acquaintance. She was never shy in checking up on people, regardless of whether you were a trainee or the most senior of consultants."

Raheal also continues to inspire us at Wonder, both through her work championing women's education and empowerment and through her example of making every person that she encountered feel special.

You can read Dr Kelsall’s speech here

The memorial collection set up in Raheal's memory by her family to continue her legacy by training nurses in Congo is still open.