“When they brought the girl in, all we could see were shrapnel wounds,” explained Chris Guy from his Melbourne apartment as he prepared to fly back to Aden, Yemen’s key port city. “She was unconscious and limp, but still breathing.”
Chris met Nadima* during his first placement in Yemen back in August 2019. The girl’s family members had accidentally triggered an unexploded bomb while tidying up a courtyard after a wedding. Though no-one was killed, her grandmother lost both arms and five-year-old Nadima’s injuries were severe.
“She was in a bad way. One eye was destroyed, and the other had traumatic cataract injuries. There was damage to her lungs and abdomen. We weren’t certain she would survive.”
In the Emergency Department, the Yemeni MSF team worked fast, giving Nadima oxygen and a blood transfusion, bandaging her wounds, and inserting a chest drain.