Tributes to Princess Alexandra surgeon killed in South Africa

Crime / Thu 10th Aug 2023 at 07:59pm

A BRITISH surgeon who was shot dead in South Africa has been described as “exceptional” and a “rising star”.

Kar Hao Teoh, 40, was a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

Police believed he was driving in Cape Town last Thursday when he took a wrong turn towards groups of protesters.

It was thought Mr Teoh lived with family in Bishop’s Stortford.

A spokesman for the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust said: “He was a well-respected member of the team, valued colleague and friend to many across the hospital as well as in regional, national and international trauma and orthopaedic networks.”

A spokesman at the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society described him as a “rising star” of the profession and added: “He was remembered by colleagues past and present as a kind, gentle person; a dedicated and talented surgeon.”

Bedri Karaismailoglu, a surgeon from Istanbul, said he was a close friend of Mr Teoh’s having met at a European Foot and Ankle Society congress in Lyon, France, in 2021.

“He possessed an exceptional mind and was a friend with whom spending time was always a pleasure,” said Mr Karaismailoglu.

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7 Comments for Tributes to Princess Alexandra surgeon killed in South Africa:

Harlow resident
2023-08-10 20:09:52

What a terrible tragedy my thoughts are with his family and colleagues. Waste of a life.

2023-08-10 20:47:15

Such a awful loss, he operated on my ankle last year and was such a nice gentleman, RIP TEOH

Sandra Davies
2023-08-10 20:54:06

Mr Teoh fixed my broken ankle 2 years ago and it is because of him that I am now able to walk, drive, work and so much more. I can't express how indebted I am to him. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

2023-08-11 01:24:26

Such a terrible tragedy, the theatre department was a sad place today, deepest condolences to all family and friends of mr teoh. A talented young surgeon who helped people get back on their feet. A smiley man who enjoyed a joke...god bless him and may he rest in peace. 🙏🙏

Christine Bright
2023-08-11 10:44:45

Oh so sad, such a caring man. So patient and calm with my husband. My thoughts go out to his family

Fiona Cunningham
2023-08-11 12:51:31

Rest in peace Dr. Teoh. Heartfelt, sincere condolences to your family and friends and to all your colleagues at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Martin Neil Fox
2023-08-11 15:27:51

Such upsetting news he operated on my ankle 3 and a half weeks ago he is a fantastic and kind surgeon and also very kind hearted person

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