Children Injured By Explosion Rushed To Patrol Base Murray
Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq
Quick thinking U.S. Army Medics who happened to be at the right place at the right time saved the lives of two little girls recently.
The two girls, Nora Nasser Al Jabouri, Age 10, and her sister, Hajer Amir Al Jabour, age 4 were playing quietly near their home as their mother was sitting nearby.
Suddenly an explosion was heard.
Soldiers that were routinely patrolling the area from 3rd Infantry Division rushed to the scene to find that an explosive device had gone off. They discovered Hajer, wounded but still conscious. She had multiple shrapnel and concussive wounds.
Examination showed she had deep cuts and wounds to her stomach region and shrapnel in her legs and torso. The sister, Nora, was injured by the blast also but was walking, and walked to meet soldiers responding to the explosion.
Nora was able to walk on her own but she did have a scalp wound. Both little girls were evacuated to Patrol Base Murray. They made the trip swiftly by truck arriving about five minutes after being met by soldiers at the blast site.
At Patrol Base Murray the little girls were put on a flight to the local CSH military hospital, where they were rushed into surgery. Lieutenant Colonel Michael Gooden, a surgeon at the military hospital worked to treat and repair the wounds on both little girls.
Hajer underwent emergency surgery, and Nora had her head wound cleaned and treated, and then both little girls were able to reunite with their uncle, who found them initially.