Our EMT Type 1 teams at the Trauma Stabilization Points in Mosul are made of medical professionals from all walks of life. Here’s more in the series about Our Team, what they learned, and how their experience was volunteering with GRM. Chris (a medic and a fireman in his spare time) and Dan (who also teaches remote medicine courses) share some of their thoughts on being part of GRM.
Thank you Chris and Dan!
My experience in Mosul, Iraq, was profound. I’ve worked all around the world under austere conditions and the time spent with you was exceptional. Your Trauma Stabilization Points provide a meaningful resource without which combat related mortality rates would soar. Commitment to this endeavor was complimented by strong logistics, situational awareness and a caring heart. Truly, you are extraordinary people and it was a privilege to work with you. I look forward to joining you again in your efforts to preserve life and dignity.
I had the pleasure of working with GRM during the final days of ISIS in Mosul. During that period there was an uptick in suicide bombings, collateral damage from airstrikes, and combat related casualties. Despite having been a medic for more than a decade I saw the worst patients of my career during my time in Mosul. No demographic was spared. Infants, children, women, and the elderly all suffered grievous illnesses and injuries. Those patients were brought to the Trauma Stabilization Point (TSP) run by GRM where myself and the multidisciplinary team of combat veterans, RNs, Paramedics, and Physicians provided an incredible level of care considering the austere conditions we were working in. One particular pediatric arrest comes to mind as I reflect on the care delivered. To my memory, I can recall no difference between the care provided to that infant in the TSP and what I have provided in well resourced areas of the United States.
The strong working relationship between GRM and the partner forces in the area was immediately apparent as the special forces soldiers were consistently brought to us for treatment of acute injuries as well for ongoing care including dressing changes and removal of stitches.
Despite my time in Mosul being physically and emotionally exhausting it was also one of the most rewarding. I know we made a difference and I’m honored to have been included in the team GRM deployed.