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Life saving medic awarded a mention in despatches
AN Army medic has been awarded a Mention in Despatches after she performed life-saving first aid on three separate occasions during her first operational tour.
Lance Corporal Rachel Hughes, 26, from Colchester, was just weeks into her tour with the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, when she was faced with providing emergency treatment to four children.
They had been brought to the checkpoint by their family following a vehicle accident that had seen a tractor carrying them overturn into a canal.
The children had been trapped under water for some time and two were in a critical condition.
Rachel managed to save the lives of two of them.
Four days later, another child was brought to the checkpoint suffering a below-the-knee amputation. Rachel stemmed the flow of blood and stabilised the boy so he could be moved to Camp Bastion for surgery.
Later on in her tour she was at a checkpoint that came under small arms fire from insurgents.
A soldier received a gunshot wound. Without hesitation, and under enemy fire, Rachel moved to his location where rounds were hitting the ground.
She managed to stop the bleeding and the soldier was evacuated to Camp Bastion where he was operated on.
The surgeons firmly believed that without Rachel’s unfaltering and single-minded desire to save the soldier’s life, he would have died at the scene.
The soldier was flown back to the UK, but lost his fight for life at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Rachel was inspired to become an Army medic following her father Raymond’s death from stomach cancer in 2008.
The former bar tender joined the Army a year later wanting to make him proud.
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