Saleyha came to medicine later in life, after a spell in the British Army. After graduating out of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, she was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps.
It was during her non-medical role of Medical Support Officer in Bosnia that Saleyha was inspired and encouraged by her military medical commanders to apply for medicine. She found herself at medical school in Dundee and never looked back.
After leaving the army, Saleyha continued to travel into hostile environments, but this time as a filmmaker and freelance journalist. She has worked and written for the BBC, Channel 4 News, the Guardian and on-line news, Latitude News.
Saleyha is currently nervously awaiting her results for her Masters in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, from Essex University. She undertook this to support her work with Medical Justice as a volunteer doctor assessing victims of torture seeking asylum.
She is currently on the Diploma in Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine and has a BSc in Chemistry, while also working as a Staff Grade in A and E in London. She is in the edit stage of her latest documentary about frontline medicine in Libya, having just returned from six months out there working as a volunteer medic and filming Libyan volunteer doctors working during the battle for Bani Walid.