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Published:May 14th, 2007 04:37 EST
3-year-old Iraqi boy with second degree burns helped by U.S. Soldiers

3-year-old Iraqi boy with second degree burns helped by U.S. Soldiers

By SOP newswire

CAMP TAJI — Multi-National Division–Baghdad Soldiers provided healthcare to a badly burned Iraqi boy in northern Baghdad May 9, in a continuing effort to provide medical support to the Iraqi people.

Elements of 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, were conducting operations near the town of Muhammad al’Abbas when a local woman approached requesting medical aid for her three-year-old son.

The boy was involved in a hot water accident which caused second-degree burns on the child’s face and upper body May 7th.  

The injuries were severe enough for the boy to be evacuated to the Muleskinner Clinic where he was treated and stabilized.  The clinic is run by Company C, 115th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

U.S. Army Maj. Joseph Johnson, a brigade surgeon with 2nd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, said when the child arrived he was in no immediate danger, but quickly administered fluid resuscitation and pain medication to ease the boy’s suffering.

After the child’s burns were dressed and stabilized, he was transferred to the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT) clinic.

The CMATT clinic, at An Numaniyah Military Training Base, is manned by a 54-person Iraqi medical staff and two Iraqi physicians. Coalition forces provide assistance and mentoring to the Iraqi staff there.

The Iraqi Army will later transfer the child to the Kadamiyah Hospital where he will continue his recovery.

The U.S. Army is instrumental in helping train a new generation of Iraqi healthcare workers on trauma procedures so they can provide care to their people.

In an effort to help transition medical facilities to the Iraqis, the Iraqi Healthcare Training Center operated by 28th Combat Support Hospital personnel at the Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad, “has set up a program to provide enhanced training that will enable Iraqi medical providers so they may better treat trauma injuries,” said U.S. Army Maj. Murray Kramer, Ibn Sina training program coordinator, Task Force 3rd MEDCOM. 

The program is designed to be used at other medical facilities to enable the same training modules to take place at different sites within Iraq. 

“The goal is to transition the hospital back to the Iraqi Army so that they will be able to treat their Soldiers who are in need of medical care,” said Sgt. 1st Class Janice Herbert, Ibn Sina training program NCOIC.

CMATT training is now being used by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense as a recruiting tool to encourage more healthcare providers to join the MOD with the understanding that when Ibn Sina Hospital is turned over to the MOD they will have an opportunity to work as providers in this facility.

Aspirations beyond survival can be seen. With every new doctor, nurse and technician that takes part in the CMATT clinic training; the health and welfare of Iraqi patients increases, which boosts confidence in the healthcare system.

(Story by U.S. Spc. Jeffrey Ledesma, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)