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Paramedic's Trip helps Afghanistan's Children

BBC News via YellowBrix

June 20, 2011

SOMERSET, UK – A Somerset paramedic is heading to Afghanistan to help children born with a limb disability.

Nich Woolf will be working with Sandy Gall’s Afghanistan Appeal (SGAA) to help youngsters who have developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH).

Children in Afghanistan run a higher risk than normal of having the condition, which can mean they need braces to enable them to walk.


Nich Woolf, from Burnham, works for the Welsh Ambulance Service

DDH covers a range of conditions from instability to dislocation of the hip.

“In such a poor country, anyone with a disability is at an even greater disadvantage than those in a developed country, which is why this visit is so important,” he said.

“The programme includes raising awareness and training professionals in recognition of the condition and treatment.

“British surgeons and anaesthetists have visited before and discovered a pressing need for instruments and basic anaesthetic equipment, and that is what I am trying to gather in the weeks before I go out to Afghanistan.”

Formed in 1986, SGAA has provided artificial limbs, walking aids, and physiotherapy for more than 70,000 patients affected by war, illness and disease.

Mr Woolf is a founder member of Festival Medical Services, whose volunteers supply medical support for Glastonbury Festival and raise money for medical causes in Britain and around the world.

The 58-year-old, from Burnham-on-Sea, will be travelling to Afghanistan in October.