Members of the Sabri family, left to right, Nadia, Aysha and Abdul.
At the Sabri household in Johnson City on a night before Christmas, most of the family is gathered. Daughter Nadia, 26, has flown in from Austin, Texas, where she’s in residency at Dell Children’s Medical Center of central Texas.
Two of her younger siblings, 24-year-old Aysha and 22-year-old Abdul, are studying for final exams. Both are in medical school at Quillen and both live at home.
Only Mohammad, 19, is missing, and he’s busy with a President’s Pride event at East Tennessee State University. Mohammad, who also lives at home, is on the pre-med track in the ETSU Honors College.
Dad Mahmood Sabri and mom Safia Sabri are from Pakistan, and they instilled in their children some of the most striking features of their Muslim heritage. In the Pakistani culture, two things are stressed — the importance of family, and the importance of education.
“In our culture, education is really important ... [but] as far as what specific thing we wanted to do, it didn’t matter,” Aysha said.
As it happens, all four children are following in their mom’s footsteps. Safia earned her medical degree in Pakistan and did post-graduate training at Quillen. She’s a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing in Knoxville.
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