My name is Maan Makkash, I am 24 years old, I am a graduate student at the faculty of medicine, I volunteered into the first aid squads at Damascus branch since Mar 2013 as a first aider, but I spent the last year as an alternate in the operations room.
I volunteered into the Syrian Arab Red Crescent because it works with its full power during the crisis for a one and only one goal which is the Human been, regardless of his political, social, economical or knowledge opinions.
My only reason for volunteering in the first aid squads because I love the first aid duties, I remember when I feel stress and nerves that I used to go to the ER (emergency room) in the hospital for a week to relax by helping people, it is that kind of stress that makes you forget everything and totally concentrate on saving lives.
One of the amazing missions I had was the responding to mortar shells targeted Al-Shaalan area, our squad moved since we knew about the first shell and when we arrived the area a second shell hit again, we divided the squad to two groups so we can scan the whole area and help more people, in Minutes we had two injures inside the ambulance and a third injury brought to us by people , so we called for a backup first aid squad to transport the other cases.
The injures difference to internal and external, the first aider done their best to stop the bleeding until the ambulance got to the hospital as fast as it can, later I knew that one of the injuries survived and lived ,but the other did not make it and died during an operation.
The magnificent feeling I look to is satisfaction, rescuing is not an extra in life but it is very essential to human life, so this satisfaction feeling is a result for what I believe in as a humanitarian duty towards human been.
The first aid should be a part of the society’s culture , illness or deadly accidents could happen anytime anywhere for anybody, so any person know the first aid basics can help and save a life by simple steps.