MonSef Dahman, the doctor who tried to save Diana on the night of her death, recounts those tragic moments
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Lady Diana, the men she loved
Almost 24 years have passed since the death of Lady Diana, who disappeared in 1997 in an accident in the Pont de L’Alma tunnel. In that terrible crash, Dodi Al-Fayed, fiancé of the Princess of Wales, and the driver Henri Paul were killed. Both died instantly, while Dodi's bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, who was in the front seat – the only one with a seat belt – was seriously injured, but managed to survive.
When help arrived, Diana was still alive. She was freed with difficulty from the tangle of metal sheets and transported to the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital by ambulance. When William and Harry's mother arrived at the facility she was very serious, but the doctors tried everything to save her. Two hours later, due to internal injuries, she was pronounced dead.
Many years have passed since that tragic accident that shocked the world. William and Harry, who were very close to their mother, have never forgotten him, and like them MonSef Dahman, the doctor who tried to save Diana. At the time he was only 33 years old and was a general surgeon serving at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. All this time the doctor has never given interviews, only in these days, for the first time, he wanted to remember those tragic moments in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“That day I started at 8 in the morning – he recalled -, and I was still on duty after midnight: it had been a fairly quiet day. I was resting when suddenly the anesthetist Bruno Riou called me and told me to run to the emergency room. He did not tell me that there was Lady Diana, but only that there had been a serious accident involving a young woman ".
Years have passed, but MonSef Dahman still remembers everything with precision: "It only took a moment to make clear the reason for all that frenzy – he revealed -. For any surgeon, it is very important to try to save a young woman in those conditions. But surely she is even more so if she is a princess ”.
MonSef explained that that tragic night the doctors would try in every way to save Diana, but that a cardiac arrest would take the princess away, making all attempts to revive her useless. “We tried a lot, a lot – he said -. We have done everything possible for this young woman. When you work in these conditions you don't notice the time passing
On July 1st, Harry and William will unveil a statue dedicated to Lady Diana. A way to remember the princess and to honor her memory on the occasion of her 60th birthday. Even the surgeon who tried to save her revealed that he never forgot her. Those tragic and tense moments will never disappear from his mind: “The thought of having lost an important person you cared about, marks you throughout your life – he clarified -. When she is a princess and you follow her funeral along with billions of other people, and you tried to save her, that obviously marks you. It marks you throughout your life ”.
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