U.S. Army medevac saves child in Honduras

April 29, 2014

Last Tuesday, Dec. 3, U.S. Army members on a routine training mission evacuated a Honduran infant in the throes of pneumonia from a remote village, ultimately saving her life, the U.S. Southern Command reported on Monday. 

Members of the Joint Task Force-Bravo’s Medical Element (MEDEL) and 1-228th Aviation Regiment were in the remote Honduran village of Auka carrying out a medical training readiness exercise when a mother arrived, carrying her child and asking for medical assistance.

  

“She was one of three infants in the village to have pneumonia, and the other two had already passed away. She had respiratory distress and severe pneumonia, and we quickly assessed the need for a MEDEVAC,” or a medical evacuation, said U.S. Army Capt. Vicki English, Joint Task Force-Bravo MEDEL, according to a statement from Joint Task Force-Bravo.

The 6-week-old infant had “severe pneumonia, poor gas exchange and was severely dehydrated,” the statement described.

A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter assigned to the 1-228th Aviation Regiment ferried the baby to a hospital in Puerto Lempira waiting to attend to the young patient. 

U.S. Army Capt. Diane Klescewski, a member of the MEDEL team, said she had to resuscitate the baby girl when she briefly stopped breathing en route to the hospital.

With medical attention the child stabilized the next day. 

“Of course, you never want there to be a need for a MEDEVAC mission, but you are glad to have the capability to be there and provide it when it is needed,” said U.S. Army Capt. Christopher Morisoli, who piloted the helicopter.  “Anytime we can provide that service and save a life, it’s truly rewarding.”

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 15, 2018
Tico Times Weekly Digest
606 views
Tico Times Weekly Digest
606 views

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 15, 2018

The Tico Times - October 15, 2018

In this week's episode of the Weekly Digest, a wrap-up of last week's heavy rains, plus more news from around…

Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officials
Guatemala
684 views
Guatemala
684 views

Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officials

AFP - October 15, 2018

The most recent eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano ended Saturday, an official source said, with locals escaping a repeat of June's…

October in Costa Rica: when the Caribbean comes a’callin’
Pic of the Day
1026 views
Pic of the Day
1026 views

October in Costa Rica: when the Caribbean comes a’callin’

The Tico Times - October 15, 2018

Costa Rica's Caribbean coast is famously exempt from many of the typical weather patterns in the rest of the country.…