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06 August 2010

Military surgeons save kids in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the priority of military surgeons is treating injured servicemen. But when they have beds and personnel available, they also treat Afghan nationals and children.

During an attack on an Afghanistan village, shrapnel sliced into a five-year-old girl's skull, almost killing her. US military helicopter pilots flew her to a hospital at Bagram Airfield, where a US neurosurgeon operated, saving her life.

"Almost every case I did out there, in particular the kids, has stuck with me," said Dr Paul Klimo Jr., a former US Air Force neurosurgeon who recently left the military and is now a pediatric neurosurgeon at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. "That five5-year-old girl was quite sick for awhile, but the last update I got on her, she was doing great."

 
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