A Miracle In Afghanistan.

This is not the usual shit stirring item or snipe at oficial idiocy but I was so gobsmacked by this news seen on Citizen Wells blog I wanted to pass it on.

An American soldier serving in Afghanistan, Channing Moss, was impaled by a live RPG during a Taliban ambush while on patrol. Army protocol says that medivac choppers are never to carry anyone with a live round in him. Even though they feared it could explode, the flight crew said damn the protocol and flew him to the nearest aid station. Again, protocol said that in such a case the patient is to be put in a sandbagged area away from the surgical unit, given a shot of morphine and left to wait (and die) until others are treated. Again, the medical team ignored the protocol. Here’s a short video put together by the Military Times, which includes actual footage of the surgery where Dr. John Oh, a Korean immigrant who became a naturalized citizen and went to West Point , removed the live round with the help of volunteers and a member of the EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) team. Moss has undergone six operations but is doing well at home in Gainesville , GA.

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4 thoughts on “A Miracle In Afghanistan.

  1. I believe doctors who are successful when they attempt something very difficult and dangerous are probably very fed up with deities stealing the credit and claiming to have done miracles.

    Well done Dr Oh, skill, not a miracle.


    1. The word ‘miracle’ has a colloquial as well as a religious sense. Nobody is taking anything away from the doctor. His or her bravery in working on a man with live and armed explosives in him is more noteworthy than the fairly routine surgery involved in removing an embedded object from a human body but both are pariseworthy. The miracle lies in the fact that the grenade did not go off on initial impact, on the journey to the operating theatre or during surgery. Not skill but pure chance.

      That is about as likely as a three legged horse winning The Grand National. As a betting man I can tell you that really would be miraculous.


    1. Ros,
      The real miracle would be if a feelgood story like this could run without some sciency type starting to grizzle about the use of words like miracle.

      If science could create a big enough paint pot they would use it to paint the world grey.


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