Medic Shot, Treats Himself

Spc. Matthew Mortensen is a combat medic, charged with providing aid to wounded front line soldiers, but that was no protection against harm. He was shot by a sniper while on patrol in Baghdad on December 10th.
"After I was shot, I had my platoon sergeant examine for a wound and he found one on my right shoulder blade," said Mortensen. "Then I jumped into the truck, threw off my kit because I couldn't reach my right side with my kit on. After I took it off, I started cleaning up some of the blood with gauze then I used the package for the gauze and created a pressure dressing over the wound just in case it penetrated my chest cavity. I didn't know what happened to the bullet so that was the only thing I was really worried about"

Mortensen even directed his own medical evacuation. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Combat Medical Badge the next day. Mortensen is now recovering in the US and expects to be back in Iraq in February. Link -via Digg

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I agree.
He seems to have gotten a medal for not panicing and keeping his head together while his main concern was himself. Good training, good drills, good attitude. Medal.

But I do have the utmost respect for those guys over there and the job they try to live through.
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I agree with Medic. What he did was extremely simple medically. But, I do give him a lot of credit for keeping his head about him during a very stressful moment for him. I also salute the people who trained him for just such a situation!
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i dn't click on anny links, but i agree with medic above me, its bad he god shot, but what do we expect? that he'll panic and lay in the fuetal position? his (prob. good) training pulled him trough.

/me thinks i have read to many "amazing" stories lately.
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