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    A British field hospital is now established in Jordan about seven miles (11 kilometres) from Amman to care for some of the victims of the recent fighting.

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    GV PAN Hospital

    SV INT. Patients in bed

    SV Men patients (2 shots)

    SV Little boy being treated

    CU Colonel Goodhall


    REPORTER: "Colonel, what's wrong with this little chap?

    GOODHALL: Well now he, about ten days ago, had a 303 gunshot wound on his femur. When we got him the injury was about six days old. And the X-ray showed straight away that two inches of the bone in the middle of the femur were fragmented. But in fact on top of this the thing was grossly infected and he had bone destruction. So what we've done here really is to clean the area of the wound, get rid of as much of the infection as we could, and, as you can see, we've got him on some traction here, the idea being that if we can maintain this traction there will be bone formation inside this gap and eventually we hope, and we're feeling fairly confident in this, he should end up with a limb very little shorter than the good one.

    REPORTER: Now I see that he's also got a head wound. What was that?

    GOODHALL: Yes. When he was admitted - he came in obviously for this - we did notice that he had a little swelling on the left side of his forehead here. We had this X-rayed and it showed a bullet lodged straight in through his skull and oh, I suppose only about an eighth of an inch from his brain covering.

    REPORTER: There was a bullet lodged in his brain.

    GOODHALL: That's right. When we took him to the theatre to do this, we also removed, quite easily, removed the bullet quite easily, and as you can see now it's healing up perfectly well.

    REPORTER: So this in fact is another life that has been saved.

    GOODHALL: Yes indeed, I think he's jolly lucky.

    REPORTER: He would have died?

    GOODHALL: I'm sure he would, quite certain.

    Initials JON/PN/SGM/0303 JON/PN/SGM/0309

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A British field hospital is now established in Jordan about seven miles (11 kilometres) from Amman to care for some of the victims of the recent fighting. Jordan's hospitals cannot now cope without international help.

    In charge of the hospital is Colonel Muir Goodhall, he was interviewed recently about the work being carried out:
    Although the fighting has stopped in Jordan, casualties are still pouring into the hospitals, in their thousands. Many of the wounded have been lying for days without treatment. But he doctors are hopeful that most of them will recover.

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