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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Clinics in Dermatology

Volume 31, Issue 1, Pages: 128-130, Jan 2013

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2012.11.001. Copyright © Elsevier Inc.


In 2002, Dr. Cyril Karabus, a specialist in pediatric cancers and retired head of the Oncology and Hematology Unit of Red Cross Children's Hospital in Capetown, South Africa, spent a brief locum at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, a hospital in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He was there for only 5 weeks, during which time he treated a young girl who died of acute myeloblastic leukemia. After Karabus returned home, the girl's father complained to police about his daughter's death, and Karabus was convicted of murder in absentia. Karabus knew nothing of the charges or of the conviction. Widely respected for his expertise and compassion, Karabus had dedicated his life to treating children with malignancies. In South Africa, he was especially well known for his commitment to saving the lives of black children with cancer during the apartheid era.1

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