"You hear people screaming this like desperate, painful, guttural cry." Bridgeport Hospital nurse shares story of working in Gaza

Emily Callahan, 33, says she was living in a war zone while she worked at a hospital in the territory with Doctors without Borders.

Mark Sudol and Rose Shannon

Nov 17, 2023, 10:23 PM

Updated 194 days ago

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A Bridgeport Hospital nurse is sharing her harrowing experience of being on the front lines of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.
Emily Callahan, 33, says she was living in a war zone while she worked at a hospital in the territory with Doctors without Borders.
She started her work with the charity in August.
"I have been a fan of the organization since I was little," says Callahan.
One of Callahan's goals was always to go aboard to practice medicine and help people.
But Callahan says nothing could prepare her for her experience following Oct. 7
"You hear people screaming this like desperate painful guttural cry," says Callahan.
She was one of 34 people attempting to help 35,000 who were injured, as food and water became hard for everyone to find.
"These desperate parents that were coming up to us with their children begging us to fix it," says Callahan.
Callahan's crew set up a makeshift triage with little to no supplies.
Callahan had to relocate several times before she crossed into Egypt on Nov. 1.
A few days later, she arrived in New York.
Callahan tells News 12 as she looks back on her experience and sacrifices she made, she wants to go back and thank the Palestinians that helped her.
"There's a huge piece of me that wants to bury my head in the sand because I can't look at it and the overwhelming part of myself says it is my responsibility to bare witness to their story after everything that they did for me," says Callahan.


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