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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release #009-10

Nuristan Medical Team Treats Gunshot Victim

By U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Natassia Cherne, Nuristan PRT Pubic Affairs

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team’s (PRT) medical branch treated a young boy who was accidentally shot at a wedding celebration in the village of Gundalabuk Jan. 19.

A 10-year old boy was rushed to Forward Operating Base Kalagush by his mother and uncle after being shot in the chest by an AK-37 during celebratory fire at a local party.

The bullet entered the boy’s chest and exited through his shoulder. He suffered a shoulder or upper arm fracture.

U.S. Navy Lt. Brian Ferguson, a physician’s assistant for the Nuristan PRT and a native of Stevensville, Md., helped treat the young boy’s wound.

“The kid was lucky, the wound could have been a lot worse,” Ferguson said. “The bullet missed his lungs, all major arteries and exited through the left shoulder.”

The medical team treated the chest wound, splinted his shoulder and provided antibiotics and pain medication.

The medical team stabilized the boy and evacuated him to a hospital in Asadabad for surgery.

Photos:

100119-AF-2222C-142: NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Jennifer Dreiling, the senior medical officer assigned to the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), and a McLean, Va. native, and Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Robert Dailey, a Rutherford, N.J. native, of check vital signs of a young boy who was accidentally shot at a wedding celebration Jan. 19. The Nuristan PRT’s medical team stabilized the boy and evacuated him to a local hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Natassia Cherne, Nuristan PRT Public Affairs)

100119-AF-2222C-142: NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Jennifer Dreiling, the senior medical officer assigned to the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), and a McLean, Va. native, and Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Robert Dailey, a Rutherford, N.J. native, of check vital signs of a young boy who was accidentally shot at a wedding celebration Jan. 19. The Nuristan PRT’s medical team stabilized the boy and evacuated him to a local hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Natassia Cherne, Nuristan PRT Public Affairs)

100119-AF-2222C-128: NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Navy Lt. Brian Ferguson, a physician’s assistant assigned to the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), and a native of Stevensville, Md., Nuristan PRT Executive Officer Navy Cmdr. Rodney Ottinger, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., and Navy Lt. Jennifer Dreiling, the senior medical officer assigned to the Nuristan PRT, a McLean, Va. native, check vitals for a young boy and splint his arm Jan. 19. The Nuristan PRT’s medical team treated the boy after he was shot in the chest by celebratory fire at a local wedding party. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt Natassia Cherne, Nuristan PRT Public Affairs)

100119-AF-2222C-128: NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Navy Lt. Brian Ferguson, a physician’s assistant assigned to the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), and a native of Stevensville, Md., Nuristan PRT Executive Officer Navy Cmdr. Rodney Ottinger, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., and Navy Lt. Jennifer Dreiling, the senior medical officer assigned to the Nuristan PRT, a McLean, Va. native, check vitals for a young boy and splint his arm Jan. 19. The Nuristan PRT’s medical team treated the boy after he was shot in the chest by celebratory fire at a local wedding party. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt Natassia Cherne, Nuristan PRT Public Affairs)

 

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