American killed in Afghanistan remembered as "loving, caring physician"
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:45
April 24 - A Chicago hospital is in mourning after one of its doctors is killed while working at a Kabul hospital, along with two other Americans. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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A Chicago hospital mourns the loss of Dr. Jerry Umanos who was among the three Americans killed Thursday (April 24) in Afghanistan.
The gunman was a security guard who opened fire at a Kabul hospital funded by a U.S. Christian charity, the latest in a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan.
"This loss is a great loss for his family, for those of us he worked with, as well as for the people of Afghanistan. He was a loving, caring physician who served all of his patients with the utmost respect. At this time we're trying to help our staff to process and to mourn this great loss, " said Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Bruce Rowell, during a news conference.
Dr. Umanos had moved to Afghanistan with his wife in 2005. He worked at the Cure Hospital, which specializes in children's and maternal health.
Umanos also ran a training program for Afghan doctors.
"It breaks my heart. I know we all have a day, but to die in the way that he did, loving God's people, it's so cruel," said Stephanie Green, a patient of Dr. Umanos.
Attacks on security forces, Afghan civilians and Westerners have been on the rise since the beginning of the year as Western forces prepare to leave the country and Afghans choose a new president.
The gunman was captured, according to Afghan officials. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for similar attacks this year, but made no comment about Thursday's shooting.
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