Quick Action By Medics Saves Life Of Pregnant Woman and Unborn Child

February 28, 2007

I’d like to share a story about medics in Afghanistan who saved the life of a pregnant woman who had a gunshot wound to her abdomen. The quick actions of these medics not only saved the life of this women, but the life of her unborn child as well.

The quick thinking of Army Medics, saved not only the life of a pregnant woman at FOB Naray in Southern Afghanistan, but also the life of the child she was carrying. The woman, Noor Begum, who was 9 months pregnant and her husband, were bystanders at the scene of an insurgent attack on Afghan cargo trucks. One of the shots, struck Begum in the abdomen, hitting her womb and striking her unborn child.

“Noor Begum had traveled with her husband for 2 hours along a remote roadway to reach FOB Naray. Medics, Sgt Cody Vernon, Spc Peter Lee and Pfc Elizabeth Marsteller hurried to the gate and found the bleeding woman with a large-calibre gunshot wound to her abdomen, from which her intestines were protruding and her pregnancy was full-term. Begum was transferred to an Afghan national Army ambulance and driven to the medical tent.”

Begum was evaluated and then rushed into surgery where doctors repaired her injuries and delivered her child by caesarian section, The child, a baby boy, had a grazing wound to his buttocks from the bullet. The child was resuscitated and treated by emergency nurses. After awaking from surgery, Begum’s first questions was “Mashom singa dai?” or in English, “How is the baby?”

The mother and child were later released from the hospital, taking with them baby clothing, a stock of food and blankets, given to them by the soldiers at the FOB.

Army Times


4 Responses to “Quick Action By Medics Saves Life Of Pregnant Woman and Unborn Child”

  1. Tracy on February 28th, 2007 5:52 pm

    The tears are just flowing reading this! What an incredible story! Thank you so much for posting this!

  2. Terri on February 28th, 2007 6:06 pm

    I definitely think it’s a testament to the wonderful things our troops do!

  3. Jeanette Martinez on March 29th, 2007 7:26 pm

    I am so proud of my medics at FOB Naray! I don’t know two of them, but I worked with SPC Lee. He is an awesome medic. I am also a medic in the 10th Mountain Division, and I was attatched to 3-71 Cavalry- the unit that is in FOB Naray. I was there for 10 months, and 12 months total in Afghanistan. They got extended 4 months, and I didn’t. I would be there with them right now, and I wish I was. Great job medics and FST!!! Keep saving lives.

  4. Terri on March 29th, 2007 7:43 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Jeanette and THANK YOU for your service to our Great Country. Please feel free to stop by and visit anytime and share in our discussions.

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