An American hospital, set up under the auspices of the Red Cross and at the request of King Hussein during the recent fighting in Jordan, being handed over to medical from Scandinavian countries.
MV Red Cross lorry leaving hospital ZOOM INTO U.S. flag
SV U.S. flag being lowered
LV Equipment stacked up outside hospital (2 shots)
SV American personnel arriving at airport (2 shots)
LV Aircraft arriving
CU Luggage to be loaded
SV U.S. personnel preparing to leave (2 shots)
LV ZOOM BACK luggage going aboard (2 shots)
CU Red Cross flag
SV Stretcher cases out of ambulance and into hospital (2 shots)
SV Doctors and patients in hospital (2 shots)
SV Patient out of operating theatre
LV Patient on stretcher into hospital
Initials RJ/JH/MH/1757 RJ/JH/MH/1747
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Background: An American hospital, set up under the auspices of the Red Cross and at the request of King Hussein during the recent fighting in Jordan, being handed over to medical from Scandinavian countries. At one stage 250 United States personnel from bases in the United Kingdom and Germany manned the hospital.
Late in September, King Hussein asked for medical help to treat the hundreds of people wounded during clashes between the Jordanian army and members of guerrilla groups. The American Government asked for volunteers from its bases in the U.K. and Germany. More than two hundred men were assembled and flew into Amman. They represented the U.S. Army and Airforce. Their efforts were combined to form a one hundred bed surgical hospital in the nearly completed King Hussein New Army Hospital. "Fig Hill" was the nickname given to the hospital.
On the first day of operation, September 29, eleven patients were admitted. Also on that day the first birth occurred, a six pound baby boy. A peak of 106 patients....the extra six were catered for in a near convalescent centre....was reached on October 5.
Now that the situation in Jordan has returned to normal the American hospital staff has been recalled. The members will leave behind most of their equipment which includes an operating theatre, X-ray unit, laundry, lorries and ambulances.
The hospital will be taken over by surgical teams from Sweden, Finland and Denmark.