A consultant oncoplastic surgeon at Royal Bournemouth Hospital who cut off 21″ of hair has raised over £2,000 towards breast cancer projects.
Miss Ishrak Hamo, a consultant breast surgeon at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, had 21 inches of her beloved black locks snipped by a former patient Tracey Verral to help raise funds for new equipment for breast cancer patients.
Miss Hamo, who practises in the Jigsaw Building of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, made her sacrifice for her patients. “I have donated my hair to make real hair wigs for cancer patients because they are often most devastated with the ramifications of receiving cancer treatment, namely losing their hair,” she explains.
As well as donating the hair, Miss Hamo has raised over £2,000 towards breast cancer projects within her department with a number of former patients donating via her JustGiving page.
Tracey Verrall, a local hairdresser, had the honour of cutting the hair having met Miss Hamo whilst undergoing treatment for breast cancer at the hospital.
A hairdresser for 30 years, Tracey says, “I lost my hair through chemo and then I lost my hair through radiotherapy.
“Losing my hair taught me how to treat people with cancer. When you have someone in the salon who’s going through it, then you can share how they’re feeling.”