São Brás de Alportel mourns the death of pediatrician Emídio de Sousa Sancho

He was the first specialist pediatrician in the Algarve

The Municipality of São Brás de Alportel regretted, this Wednesday, March 30, the death of pediatrician Emídio de Sousa Sancho, with connections to the municipality, and whose “disappearance represents an irreparable loss for medicine in the Algarve.

Emídio Sancho was born on July 10, 1934, at the Alfredo da Costa maternity hospital in Lisbon, to a family from São Brás de Alportel. His childhood was spent between Alhos Vedros, Barreiro and Algés.

At the age of 11, in 1945, for reasons of his father's health, the family returned to São Brás de Alportel and came to live in Balsa, Poço dos Ferreiros, where he lived until his last days.

His secondary education took place at Colégio Algarve in Faro. He concluded his education in 1952/53 and took the entrance exam for higher education.

His father, Joaquim José Sancho, was mayor of São Brás de Alportel.

In 1954/55, fulfilling his father's wish, Emídio de Sousa Sancho enrolled in the medical course at the University of Coimbra.«

In 1961, Emídio Sancho is mobilized by the Army, as a Company doctor – Battalion 141 in Damba. He works at Hospital da Damba (Carmona), from February 1962 to September 1963.

With the collaboration of friend Dr. Granado, he created a mini-service of outpatient pediatrics, today considered the first outpatient pediatric service in the history of national pediatrics.

In the summer of 1968, he returned to the Algarve with his wife and two children and was the first specialist in pediatrics in the region.

Created a pediatrics office in Faro that he intended to be exemplary and model, according to data acquired in Coimbra and internships in Barcelona.

«The lack of pediatrics and a very conservative clinical staff, in collision with their style, did not allow entry into the old Hospital de Faro», recalls the City Council of São Brás de Alportel.

Emídio Sancho created the Association of Ambulatory Pediatrics of the South – APAS, of which he was president. With his old teacher Nicolau da Fonseca, he also created the Ambulatory Pediatrics Section of the Portuguese Society of Pediatrics SPA-SPP, of which he was also president.

He continued his professional activity with high quality and good pace until 2010 at Hospital de Faro and in his office which closed in 2014.

His last years of life were spent peacefully at Quinta da Balsa. He passed away at age 87.

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