A doctor in Syria says he helped save his life by performing CPR on a man with a heart attack.
Dr. Haitham al-Amin was a member of the Syrian Medical Society in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor.
He has been treated at least five times for his skills, but never before in Syria, he told Al Jazeera.
The doctor’s work has attracted international attention.
He had been at the centre of a diplomatic row with Russia, the US and Turkey over the Syrian conflict, which has left more than 90,000 people dead.
His group helped save the life of an elderly man, Mohammad al-Ahmad, who was struck down in a bombing.
“He had been in a car accident and I came to help,” Dr Amin told Al-Jazeera.
“I saw him with his arms tied behind his back, he was bleeding, I tried to help him, and I did not see any blood.
I tried my best to save him, I did CPR.”
Dr Amin said he was a good person, but he was not a doctor.
He did not want to be a doctor, he said.
He was working with a group of doctors and nurses who were not allowed to enter Syria.
He told Al Jazeera that he was allowed to work in a hospital in Damascus, but was not allowed inside the city itself.
He had a job, but not a licence to practise medicine, and he was forced to take out loans to pay for medical supplies, he added.
He said he used to work with patients in the hospital, but that they now treated him only.
He told Al jazeera: “My work is done now.
I don’t work anymore.
I am no longer in Syria.
I have been working with the doctors, I have not been working anymore.”
Dr. Amin was told by the Syrian government that he could not enter Syria, so he had to go back to Syria to seek a job.
He has now returned to Turkey, where he now lives.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Turkish government is not interested in allowing the doctor to return to Syria.
He added that Dr Amin’s work is part of a “curse” on the country’s health system.
The government has accused the doctors in Syria of being agents of foreign powers and has ordered the government to investigate their work.