ITV air moving testimony to murdered Stevenage doctor Karen Woo

A film about the life, work and ideals of a young doctor, killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan while helping some of the poorest people in the country, will be screened on ITV this Sunday.

The documentary about Karen Woo, the Stevenage doctor shot by insurgents while bringing medical aid to remote villages last August, has been pieced together from footage she filmed in the country and interviews with her family and fianc�.

The 36-year-old former St Nicholas and Barclay School pupil, who grew up in Brixham Close where her family still live, was making a film to raise awareness of the health care needs of ordinary people caught up in the war, as well as treating them.

Now thanks to the dedication of her family and her fianc� Mark Smith, who she was due to marry two weeks after her death, her film, albeit in a different form, will be shown to millions.

Karen’s mother Lynn said she hopes the film will raise awareness of the Karen Woo Foundation, a grant-giving charity set up in her daughter’s name to help those bringing aid to Afghanistan.

To see The Life and Loss of Karen Woo, tune in to ITV at 10.15pm on Sunday.

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