Psychiatry

He went from stacking shelves to a doctor of psychiatry

Aged 17, Ahmed Hankir left war torn Lebanon with a dream
At the age of 17 Ahmed Hankir left his family in Beirut as the brutal civil war raged across Lebanon.

When he arrived in the UK, he worked stacking shelves at a supermarket and at fast food restaurants, but never listened when people told him he couldn't study to become a doctor.

When he recently worked his first shift as an on call psychiatrist at St Thomas Hospital in London, he tweeted "I know what happiness feels like" - soon going viral. 

Dr Ahmed Hankir spoke to Newsday about the challenges he overcame to realise his dream.

(Photo: Dr Ahmed Hankir with colleagues. Credit: Courtesy of Dr Ahmed Hankir)
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This is a film by BBC Arabic's Namak Khoshnaw.