Bulgarian PM Praises Key Doctor in Terrorist Attack Response as 'Tough Butcher'

Health | July 25, 2012, Wednesday // 15:19|  views

Bulgarian PM Borisov (right) awarded doctors who took part in the anti-Israeli terrorist attack rescue in Burgas together with Health Minister Desislava Atanasova (middle). Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has called a "tough butcher" one of the key doctors who helped the wounded Israeli tourists in the July 18 terrorist attack in Burgas during an award ceremony on Wednesday.

The July 18 terrorist attack in Bulgaria's Burgas, also known as the Burgas Bus Bombing, killed 5 Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver at the Sarafovo Airport near Burgas.

"Where is that, the tough butcher?" Borisov asked in his controversial style of praising during the ceremony in which the Bulgarian government recognized a number of doctors and nurses who helped the more than 30 wounded in the Burgas Bus Bombing.

His words were met with a slight embarrassment and smiles by the doctors at the award ceremony at the Council of Ministers, BGNES reported.

"Once again, let us thank all doctors, nurses, volunteers, especially the doctors from the Medical Military Academy in Sofia who managed to drive in their own cars to the airport in 30 minutes in order to fly off to Burgas; to those, who were on vacation and left immediately from the beach as soon as they heard about the severe incident," Borisov said in a more serious tone.

"These awards are a recognition by the entire society we are only authorized to be an intermediary between them and the society and to present the awards," he added.

The Special Merit Award of the Bulgarian Health Minister was granted to Dr. Asen Kardzhiev from the Emergency Medical Center in Burgas, Dr. Georgi Mitev, Manager of the Burgas Hospital, and Dr. Georgi Pazderov, head of the Regional Health Inspectorate in Burgas, BTA reported.

"I am proud to be a part of this guild that demonstrated his morale, professionalism, and valor in these horrific days in Burgas," Dr. Georgi Pazderov stated upon receiving his award.

Another 15 doctors from the Pirogov Emergency Center in Sofia and the Military Medical Academy in Sofia have also been awarded, as has been MP Galina Mileva, a forensic from Burgas who took part in the autopsies, Bulgarian Health Minister Desislava Atanasova announced.

More than 200 medics took part in the medical rescue efforts after the Burgas Bus Bombing, the minister added.

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