25 Apr. 2008

PR# 2008-157

ISAF medical team saves life of Afghan child

KABUL, Afghanistan – An ISAF medical team from Helmand province came to the aid of an Afghan child who had been injured in an explosion near Gereshk Tuesday.

The child, a 5-year-old boy, was badly injured when he was caught in an explosion, thought to be a landmine. He was treated at the scene by ISAF soldiers until the ISAF Medical Emergency Response Team arrived.

Soon after the incident, the child had been moved to Bost Hospital where he received life-saving medical treatment from Afghan and ISAF medics.

"It is tragic when children are caught in the violence of conflict, but thanks to the rapid response of the ISAF and Afghan medical teams this boy has good prospects for the future," said Lieutenant Colonel Sarto LeBlanc, Regional Command South spokesperson. "The child was able to receive life saving treatment from the medical services at Bost, and we expect him to make a full recovery."

ISAF remain focused in their mission to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to make Afghanistan a safer place for all the people.

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