15 April 2010

Air Force trauma team at Bagram remove live round from patient's head

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how a 14.5 mm high explosive incendiary round was removed from the scalp of an Afghan National Army soldier March 18, 2010, at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The injury was sustained during an improvised explosive device attack.

From AF.mil:

"This is something that I train and teach," added Major Bini, who is the course director for the Air Force Emergency Warfare Course at Wilford Hall. "It is; however, an extremely rare event."

Rare, indeed.

In March of 2006 PFC Channing Moss was impaled by an RPG while serving with the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. MAJ John Oh, a surgeon at the 759th Forward Surgical Team at Orgun-E, Sgt. John Collier, CW3 Jorge Correa, SFC Daniel Brown, and many others all risked their lives to fly PFC Moss to the FST, surgically remove, and then dispose of the ordnance.

Here's that story, told by those who were there.

1 comment:

PDS said...

  Wow---amazing!  So glad the medical team found this and took care of the situation!  The families of the wounded soldier look to you med folks to do everything humanly possible to bring our loved ones home.  We know that you do the best that you can and appreciate all of your efforts!  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  Many folks forget to thank those responsible for the return of our wounded and I just wanted some credit going to where the credit is due!  Thank you and continue doing what you do best!!!