7 Jul 2007

PR# 2007-516

9-month-old baby clings to life in ISAF hospital

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – A 9-month old baby girl continues to cling to life at an ISAF medical facility after an improvised explosive device detonated on her family’s vehicle July 5 in Kunar province.

Her parents and an unidentified male family member were killed in the blast.

“This incident is a display of the Taliban’s complete disregard for human life,” said Maj. Lance Hobson from Regional Command East.  “These barbaric insurgents have orphaned this baby, taken away her family and sense of security, but they have not taken away her will to live as she continues to cling to life.”

An Afghan National Police and ISAF patrol came upon the blast site in the Pech district. 

The 9-month-old girl was moved to a local ISAF base where she was stabilized by female medics before being evacuated with her uncle by helicopter to another ISAF medical facility. 

The infant is listed in stable but critical condition and the next 48 hours are vital to her recovery, according to ISAF medical officials.

“ISAF medical personnel are doing everything in their power to save the life of this baby,” Hobson said.  “Through our medical technology and her determined will to live, this life symbolizes the Afghan people can overcome the Taliban’s attempts to slaughter and stifle their hopes.”

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