DILI, 16 April 2020 (TATOLI) – Doctor Daniel Murphy has been posthumously awarded the Order of Timor Medal for his work treating patients at the Bairru Pite clinic.
The American physician, who set up the clinic in the 1990s, died from a suspected heart attack on Wednesday night.
President Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo issued a decree yesterday conferring the medal, as an “expression of gratitude” to the Dr Murphy’s 21 years of work for Timor-Leste healthcare.
“Dr Dan Murphy will be presented today with the Order of Timor-Leste as a form of the State’s and the country’s recognition and appreciation for the important role he performed,” President Lú-Olo said in on Facebook this morning.
In a heartfelt statement late Wednesday night, after Dr Murphy’s family confirmed he had passed, the president described his “great sadness” at the doctor’s passing.
“During this defining period , Dr Murphy ended up becoming the doctor who held the victims of the occupiers’ cruelty in his hands. The two years that followed were the worst in his life, permanently exposed to suffering and high risk. He saved countless lives,” the president wrote.
President Lú-Olo said he sent condolences and “heartfelt thanks” to the Iowa-born doctor’s family.
“As President of the Republic, I want to express my sympathy and my gratitude to the clinic’s workers and employees, and ask you to continue to be worthy of Dr Dan Murphy’s remarkable legacy. It is in your hands and I have complete confidence in you!” he wrote.
The Order of Timor-Leste is the highest civilian honour issued by the country. Past recipients include filmmaker Max Stahl and former Australian defence chief, Sir Angus Houston.
Journalist: Cipriano Colo
Editors: Robert Baird, Cancio Ximenes
Translation: Nelia Borges