08 June 2008

PR# 2008-234

ISAF Medical Team saves life of Afghan Child

KABUL, Afghanistan – An ISAF Medical Team from Kandahar Air Field (KAF) in Southern Afghanistan came to the aid of an Afghan child injured in a suicide attack in Spin Boldak, Wednesday, 4 June 2008.

The child, a 12-year-old boy, was badly injured when a vehicle-borne suicide bomber targeted a Canadian convoy. Canadian soldiers administered immediate first aid to the youngster, who was subsequently evacuated to the Role 3 Multi-National Medical Hospital at Kandahar Air Field with potential life-threatening injuries.

At KAF, the young victim received urgent treatment from the multi-national medical team and is now recovering well from his injuries. The boy was able to return home to his family today.

“Insurgents show their total disregard for Afghan lives when they injure or kill their fellow Afghans in cowardly attacks such as this one,” says Lieutenant-Colonel Sarto LeBlanc, a spokesperson for Regional Command South.  “Fortunately, this 12 year-old boy was able to receive urgent treatment from the medical services at KAF, and is now back with his loved ones.”

ISAF is committed to their mission to assist the government of Afghanistan make the country a safer place.  Incidents such as these do not cause our commitment to waiver but, instead, strengthens our resolve to work with our Afghan partners to improve the lives of the people of Afghanistan.

The treatment of this child adds to the over 385 local nationals that ISAF has provided medical assistance for since the start of 2008.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/