Afghanistan/Australien – Seriously ill soldier transferred to Germany

An Australian soldier serving in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, has been aero-medically evacuated to Germany for ongoing medical care after being found unconscious in his accommodation on Friday (28 May, 2010).

The soldier was immediately transported to the Tarin Kowt medical facility and stabilised before being moved by helicopter to the larger Kandahar Role III Hospital.

Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General Cantwell said the soldier had been assessed as having a serious illness.

“At this stage, everybody is doing everything they can to help him – the medical care has been absolutely first rate,” Major General Cantwell said.

“Moving him to Germany means access to a greater range of specialists and medical equipment.”

Major General Cantwell said it was too early to tell the cause of the soldier’s illness.

“We have begun to look at the circumstances leading to his discovery and a full investigation into the incident will be conducted.

“My focus however is ensuring that he and his family receive the best care available.”

The soldier’s family have been notified of the illness and are being offered ongoing support.

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia