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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What a terrible tragedy my thoughts are with his family and colleagues. Waste of a life.
Such a awful loss, he operated on my ankle last year and was such a nice gentleman, RIP TEOH
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.
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. 🙏🙏
Oh so sad, such a caring man. So patient and calm with my husband. My thoughts go out to his family
Rest in peace Dr. Teoh. Heartfelt, sincere condolences to your family and friends and to all your colleagues at Princess Alexandra Hospital.
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