KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Maj. Loren Adams of New Liberty, Iowa, veterinary officer for the 734th ADT, teaches Kunar Women's Shura member Sohila how to tie (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – TF White Eagle doctors wash an Afghan woman`s burned leg to prepare her for further treatment. (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Two Afghan girls peek out of a schoolhouse window in the town of Kachur Jan. 15. (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A town barber trims the beard of a village elder in the town of Kotalay Jan. 10. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Heather Eberle of Altoona, Iowa, combat medic with the 734th ADT, makes friends with Afghan children inside their home compound in (click for more)
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William R. Haley (left), fills out paperwork while U.S. Army Spc. Joshua A. Knaack looks on. Both are Sioux City, (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan B. Stuart of Brooklyn Park, Minn., assigned to Task Force Storm, provides security for Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Members of the 1st Coy, 1st Kandak ANA prepare to disrupt and prevent insurgents from planting an IED on a road near Tatanak Village in Zormat (click for more)
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammed Anwar, the cousin of a shop owner in Mata Khan District, sews a scarf here Jan. 10. (click for more)
The woman, the wife of a contractor working on Forward Operating Base Ghazni, was burned after she fainted while baking bread in her home. The family attempted to get treatment in Ghazni and Kabul, but the Afghan facilities lacked the specialized facilities to treat her injury. Three weeks after the injury, a coalition forces interpreter approached Polish doctors at FOB Ghazni Jan. 13 for help on their behalf.
When she arrived on FOB Ghazni, doctors found the burned leg was already infected.
"After cleaning the wound, it was necessary to remove dead tissue,” said Dr. Robert Pustulka, TF White Eagle surgeon. “The woman was given antibiotics and general treatment was started, because in addition to the burns, the patient was very weak.”
Because FOB Ghazni’s field hospital does not have the equipment necessary to permit a proper diagnosis or provide the subsequent treatment of the patient, the doctors began consultations with military doctors in Warsaw, Poland. They discussed the possibility of treating the Afghan woman in Poland at the Military Medical Institute.
"Treatment in Poland is the only way to save the threatened limb from amputation,” said Dr. (Maj.) Robert Brzozowski. “On FOB Ghazni it is not even possible to execute a culture from the wound. That makes it difficult to determine the type of bacteria that caused the infection and combating the infection is a primary concern for further specialist treatment. But most importantly, the Military Medical Institute Burn Treatment Center in Warsaw has vast experience in treating such difficult cases.”
In addition to the treatment needed, the field hospital on FOB Ghazni does not have a separate room where the patient could be hospitalized with an unknown type of bacteria in a burned limb.
A helicopter transported the woman and her husband to FOB Sharana Jan. 18 where they boarded a fixed-wing aircraft to Poland.
Treatment in Poland will be conducted in the Clinical Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Burn Treatment, Military Medical Institute in Warsaw. There the medical staff will perform a proper diagnosis and, based on the results, determine the possibility of saving the burned limb.
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