Medical community Starts fundraising effort for slain doctor

Elana Fric Shamji
Elana Fric Shamji is pictured in this undated handout picture. (Handout/Postmedia Network)

The health care community, rocked by “unfathomable violence” against one of their own, has launched a crowdfund effort for Elana Fric-Shamji.

The Ontario Medical Association announced late Monday it wants to help raise $25,000 to encourage Fric-Shamji’s family following the doctor’s 40-year-old husband and father of her three children, Mohammed Shamji, was arrested Friday and charged with all first-degree murder.

Based on Toronto Police, Fric-Shamji, 40, died of “strangulation and blunt force injury” before investigators discovered her body stuffed in a suitcase Thursday night at Kleinburg, north of Toronto.

“Elana’s proudest achievement was her three children,” reads the crowdfund page. “Her children have been stripped of both parents and all those normalcy they knew. This is a fundraiser for them along with their guardians. To provide for their immediate and future needs since Elana will no more be able to.”

On Sunday, the OMA maintained an urgent meeting to figure out the best approach to honor Fric-Shamji, who had recently come to be a Toronto district delegate with their council. The institution also recommended memorial contributions be made to the Shelter Movers of both Toronto and the Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health, two charities Fric-Shamji was enthusiastic about.

Based on testimonials Fric-Shamji’s page — which enables patients to rate their health-care professionals — she shut her clinic at the end of June 2012 at the Ottawa-area practice she worked, before going to Toronto.

Patients described the doctor as “empathetic and provides appropriate, knowledgeable treatment. Always smiling, quite approachable.”

On the identical website, Mohammed Shamji’s patients left messages of shock and condolences following his arrest, but also raved about his work as a neurosurgeon.

“I have nothing but gratitude for Dr. Shamji,” wrote one man. “He operated on my poorly fractured spine six months back and I am walking today. I found him kind, empathetic, patient with my questions… He must be in tremendous pain right now and my thoughts and prayers go out for his loved ones. I beg he did not do it.”

According to colleagues, Fric-Shamji filed divorce papers recently following their 12-year marriage.

Her relatives, even when attained at their Brampton home Monday, declined comment.

Rob Dolinar, who identified himself as her cousin, said it had been typical of Croatian culture to grieve forever.

Shamji, who remains in custody, is slated to appear in court Dec. 20.


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