A lot of you met Ali already, when he welcomed you to Remedy. Whether he'll admit it or not, he's the ringleader and the brains behind The Fantastic Five. When Ali and The Fantastic Five aren't by my side, it usually means I'm in the OR or in a meeting, in which case Ali will patiently sit right outside the door separating us. Just last night he called me over a dozen times on my phone, asking how I was doing and exhausting all of the Arabic I know.
What excites me the most about my friend Ali, though, is what he wants to be when he grows up. He wants to become a heart surgeon.
Yesterday we sat down and talked about his heart defect and I asked him why he wanted to become a heart surgeon. He responded, "I want to save others like me."
If all goes well, Ali is just days away from his lifesaving heart surgery, where he'll be saved by a heart surgeon and his team. I asked Ali if he's excited for his surgery and he gave me a thumbs up and said "Yes - Yes!"
Ali is one day closer to being saved and getting the chance to save others. Stay tuned!