Romania’s ‘Men in Red’ to the rescue

In Transylvania, in the city of Targu Mures, Northern Romania, is the headquarters of the country’s emergency rescue service SMURD.

It was founded just after the Romanian revolution in 1990 by Raed Arafat, a young intensive care doctor who was shocked by the high mortality rates in the country’s emergency wards.

After leaving the Middle East as a teenager, he studied medicine in Romania. He is now a household name and one of the country’s most popular figures.



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