December 2001 Bulletin

International support pours in after terror attacks

By Sandra Lee Breisch

In the aftermath of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, the Academy has received an outpouring of letters, phone calls and emails from orthopaedic associations and orthopaedic colleagues offering their sympathy and support.

"In this most difficult time of healing and rebuilding of our nation," AAOS executive vice president, William W. Tipton Jr., MD, says, "All expressions of condolences and support from international members and friends have been warmly appreciated."

In a letter to AAOS president, Richard H. Gelberman, MD, the president of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association, Hiroshi Yamamoto, MD, wrote, "On behalf of all the fellows of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association, I would like to express our deepest sympathy with the families and friends of those who were injured or perished during the tragedies that took place on September 11th.

"We share in your hopes that there will be some peaceful end to these terrible events. In the meantime, we hope all your fellows and their families will find ways to cope with the feeling of loss and devastation and rebuild their confidence in life. Our hearts are with you."

Similar sentiments–postmarked Buenos Aires, Argentina–were expressed by AAOS International member, Ricardo Manuel Nogueira, MD: "I am deeply affected with the terrible attacks of Tuesday [Sept.] 11 and I do want to send my condolences, my solidarity and all my love to the American People. [They were] Unforgivable attack[s] to the freedom, the evolution and the progress that the United States leads in the West. . .

"In the name of my hospital and all my colleagues, we pray for the victims and their families. We love U.S.A. We all have felt the tremendous pain this brutal attack has provoked to the free world. We want to be close, closely together to your great country."

From Nagpur, India, Professor Sudhir Babhulkar, president, Indian Orthopaedic Association and his colleague Sushrut Babhulkar, jointly wrote, "It’s indeed a great shock to hear the news of the greatest tragedy. All [of] our sympathies to the lost lives and sufferers from the big tragedy. May the souls rest in peace."

And from Russia, two hand-written letters from Serguei Gorlove, a professor of orthopaedics in Samara, were sent to Dr. Tipton and Lynne Dowling, director, International Programs. The letter to Dr. Tipton notes in part: "In the whole U.S.A. we know only your address and because of it [please] allow [us] to express feelings of consolations to you as representatives of American people."

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