23 March 2010

Our Docs' Littlest Patients

Afghan child recovering from grenade blast with older brother at her bedside FOB Shank, Logar Province, Afghanistan 2010. Photo: MAJ JF Sucher.

MAJ JF Sucher, MD FACS USAR MC Surgeon, of the 909th FST reports via Michael Yon's site from Afghanistan:

It’s also easy to just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Taliban have no rules of engagement (ROE) and they certainly have no regard for life, no matter how young, innocent or precious. The young girl above (approximately 8 years old) and the young boy below (approximately 6 years old) were playing near coalition soldiers that were dismounted in a local village just outside FOB Shank, Logar Province. Someone in the village tossed a grenade over the mud wall sending grenade fragments into these young children.

The 909th FST, along with the “Charlie Med” team of the 173rd will hold on to these children until they have completely recovered. There is nowhere else for them to go and get this level of medical care.

The Soldiers' Angels t-shirt worn by the child in this photo (along with many other supplies) was no doubt sent to the FST by Soldiers' Angels Tactical Medical Support Director Roger Godskesen. God bless our Docs for taking care of these precious children.

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