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AUC Statement on Omar Khaled

On Saturday, February 27, Omar Khaled, an AUC freshman, died following being injured during a game of American football on campus against another team as part of a match for the American Football League in Egypt. The nurse from AUC’s clinic who was on duty for the match found his blood pressure to be low and transported Omar with a golf cart to the AUC clinic. Once there, the emergency care physician assessed his condition and placed him under observation. After 20 minutes, Omar’s condition suddenly deteriorated and the physician began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which was continued while Omar was being transferred by the University ambulance to the Air Force Hospital on Road 90. He went into cardiac arrest while being transported to the hospital and attempts to resuscitate him in the hospital failed to revive him. The University is reviewing the case to ensure all emergency care procedures were followed, as well as reviewing the requirements for student athletes to participate in sports. 

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Founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the Arab world. It is a vital bridge between East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the world through scholarly research, partnerships with academic and research institutions and study abroad programs. 

The University offers 39 undergraduate, 52 master’s and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. 

An independent, nonprofit, politically non-partisan, non-sectarian and equal opportunity institution, AUC is fully accredited in Egypt and the United States.