50 graduate Fatima Girls High School

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Polish and US Forces bond through weapons

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TF Duke Soldiers volley for peace

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Nurgaram District leaders electrify Nangaresh schools

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10th CAB Soldiers bring communications to Bagram’s east side

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Female engagement teams trained to aid communication with Afghan women

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ANA, TF Storm break trail, make difference in Kharwar

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Engineer Soldiers deliver aid to Afghans

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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- A boy from Jaji District, Paktya Province, who fell more than 15 feet and struck his head, is stabilized with a cervical collar and kept warm with a wool blanket at the Company A, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal aid station at Combat Outpost Herrera, Paktya Province Jan. 29. Medical officials on site monitored the boy’s heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs until transportation to a larger hospital arrived. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John Edwards, Task Force Lethal)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Medics from Company A, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal, at Combat Outpost Herrera, Paktya Province, helped care for and evacuate a Jaji Village boy, Jan. 29, who fell more than 15 feet from a building and landed on his head.



The boy was brought in stable condition to the aid station the day before with swelling in his neck that interfered with his ability to control his arms.

After assessing that the boy’s injuries posed a risk to his limbs and possibly life, U.S. Army Sgt. John Edwards of Washington, Iowa, the senior medic at COP Herrera, decided to see the boy after the child had already been seen physicians at the Jaji District Hospital. The doctors there did not have the capability or equipment to properly help the boy.

“If (a patient) has not been seen at the Jaji District Hospital, (normally) we don't allow them onto the COP,” said Edwards, explaining the medical rules of engagement for U.S. Army medical personnel. Those rules state coalition forces are not to treat Afghans unless the injury threatens life, limb or eyesight.

Edwards’ actions may have saved the boy from permanent loss of mobility in his arms and even his life.    

When word was relayed to Edwards and his team that no air evacuation assets were available due to inclement weather, they realized they were in for a struggle to keep the boy’s vital signs stable until advanced care became available.

They tended the boy through the night, regularly checking his pulse, respiratory rate, blood pressure and ability to move his arms.

Medics even played games with the boy, putting on a puppet show and encouraging him to use his hands and arms to grip a ball. After midnight the boy started to show small signs of improvement.

“He started to get some fine motor function of his left arm,” said Edwards.

But the boy was still far from recovered.

Edwards noted the boy’s arm “pretty much just stayed lying in the same position unless we got him to move it, even then it looked like it took a lot of effort and concentration to do so.”

After daybreak Jan. 29, Edwards and Afghan Uniformed Police Col. Shenwary coordinated to have the Jaji Hospital use their ambulance service to transport the child to a hospital in Gardez City.

“When the ambulance arrived, we put him on the spine board and secured him for the trip down to Gardez,” said Edwards.PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Spc. Trevor Daniels of Des Moines, Iowa, Company A, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal, helps load a 6-year-old boy into an ambulance at Combat Outpost Herrera, Paktya Province Jan. 29. The child was treated in the aid station at COP Herrera after he fell more than 15 feet and struck his head causing swelling in his neck that led to decreased motor function. The boy was taken to Gardez City hospital for further treatment and observation. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John Edwards, Task Force Lethal)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- An ambulance team from the Jaji District Hospital, with the help of U.S. Army Spc. Trevor Daniels of Des Moines, Iowa, Company A, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal, secure an injured 6-year-old boy at Combat Outpost Herrera in Paktya Province Jan. 29. The boy had fallen more than 15 feet, injuring his head. He was brought to COP Herrera after doctors at the local hospital determined they did not have the equipment needed to help him. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John Edwards, Task Force Lethal)

 

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Soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps, Afghan National Police’s 202nd Shamshod and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, supported by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Phoenix, conducted an air assault into the valley to remove enemy forces. Battle Group Richelieu, TF La Fayette, provided artillery support from Kapisa Province.

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The operation will assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in establishing the valley as a new district giving the Afghan people in the area freedom from the insurgency.   

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