Magazine article Geographical

Evacuating War-Wounded from Libya

Magazine article Geographical

Evacuating War-Wounded from Libya

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'We're a team of 13, a mixture of MSF international staff and Tunisian medics, on this mission to rescue war-wounded from Misrata and transport them to the safety and medical care of Sfax in Tunisia.

We've done our best to medicalise a 216-seater ferry, working flat out, shifting boxes of medical materials, IV fluids, bottles of oxygen and vital signs monitors to create a small intensive-care space as well as two separate wards. All the material needs to be readily accessible as there'll be no time to hunt for things. Our logistician has tied rope between the pillars so we can hang up intravenous infusions.

We've refused offers of military protection, on the grounds of MSF's neutrality. Misrata seems quiet as we pull into the dock.

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The patients pour in through the doors. There are young men who will never walk again, paraplegic from gunshot wounds to the spine. And those who've had amputations: some of them are very recent; I hope they don't start to haemorrhage. A couple have blood transfusions running. There are open fractures, terrible abdominal injuries and chest injuries needing chest drains. …

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