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Medic sees changes in Helmand

August 9, 2011

Busier with Marines’ stubbed toes than bullet wounds on her latest Helmand tour, medic Major Jennie Johnston is now giving health advice to local Afghans. Report by Ian Carr.

Royal Marines Sergeants Tony Bewick and Wayne Harrison
Sergeants Tony Bewick and Wayne Harrison don’t let the Afghan sun stand in the way of hard training [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Andy Laidlaw, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]

It’s been a traumatic start to the day for Major Johnston, the medic in charge of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shawqat’s hospital. Literally. At dawn she was called from her bunk in the hospital’s welfare area to attend to an Afghan policeman who had just done his best to split his skull open by falling from the back of a speeding police pick-up truck. It’s serious, but the soldier is lucky that treatment is so close to hand.

Continues at: mod.uk – Medic sees changes in Helmand

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