Army nurse helps Afghanistan kids
‘A nurse in the Territorial Army has returned home from Afghanistan where she provided medical care to soldiers and sick or injured children.
Maia Pelgrom, a Practice Development Sister on the Paediatric unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, has recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Maia, a Major with the Manchester Field Hospital Territorial Army, was deployed as the Paediatric Lead Nurse in the busy trauma hospital in Camp Bastion.
Maia said: “Even though it is a military hospital, caring for all soldiers in the coalition force, we also looked after injured local nationals which included quite a number of seriously injured children.
“The hospital is extremely well equipped to deal with all sorts of major trauma, and the army even employed paediatric civilian nurses to ensure that the paediatric skills were at a premium.
“My job was to oversee the care the children received from the time of admission in the Emergency Department, through to their discharge home or transfer to an Afghan medical facility once their condition was stable.
“Many staff had very little experience in dealing with children, so it was my job to supervise the care. This was particularly evident in an incident when the Taliban shelled a village compound and we had many Afghan casualties which included nine children, all with serious injuries.’
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