WHILE serving in Afghanistan, Surgeon Commander Mansoor Ali Khan had to put his emotions to one side.
He recalled: “We were dealing with soldiers with horrific injuries because, basically, they had just stood on a bomb.
Surgeon Commander Mansoor Ali Khan has saved countless lives on the front line
“It is really, really difficult. If you think of the injured soldier as an individual, your mind will blank out.
“You have to go into a zone then reflect on it later.”
Dad-of-two Ali, 41, served in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and is now a surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital in London.
He added: “I’m proud of being British, proud of wearing the uniform and proud of serving in the Navy.”
Mansoor wanted to become a doctor because he ‘liked the idea of helping people’
Raised in Scunthorpe to Pakistan-born parents, Ali was the only Muslim at his Catholic school and “encountered racism” but learnt “how to nip it in the bud”.
He added: “Becoming a doctor seemed like a profession which was looked up to. I liked the idea of helping people.”
In the months before last year’s Manchester Arena bombing he ran a course on how to treat blast injuries.
A surgeon at one of Ali’s sessions — and the aftermath of the attack — later got in touch to say the course helped save lives that night.
CROWN This image may be used for current news purposes only. It may not be used, reproduce Dad-of-two Ali, 41, served in the Royal Navy in 2011, 2013 and 2014