When Dr. Yazdi first went to Ahmadabad to examine him, he told Dr. Mossadegh that he once had the honor of meeting him as a student representative during his premiership. According to Yazdi, Mossadegh paused for a moment and asked, “Doctor, when you saw me before, were you satisfied with your visit?”. When Dr. Yazdi replied in the affirmative, Mossadegh responded wryly, “Now I can safely open my mouth for examination”.
Dr. Yazdi took along his young daughter to meet Mossadegh during his second trip to Ahmadabad. Mossadegh took a liking to the young girl, and prior to their leaving, Mossadegh gave her a present and a short message with a custom “cartoon signature” as a memento.
In the 1980’s, during the bloody Iran-Iraq war, Dr. Yazdi volunteered to operate on hundreds of wounded veterans for free.
Dr. Yazdi was still active and seeing patients when he acquired coronavirus, the global pandemic that has severely ravaged Iran.
Ranking third worldwide in cases after China and Italy, the reported death toll has currently reached 1,135, with a total of 17,361 confirmed infections, though the World Health Organization estimates the actual number is likely many times higher.
The passing of Dr. Ismail Yazdi, the distinguished Iranian Maxillofacial surgeon, from Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been announced in Tehran. We share the pain of losing this great physician with his family and the Iranian nation.
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