Inside a Mosul Medical Clinic: 3 stories

HERA staff delivered needed medical supplies to a front-line clinic inside Mosul. The team has worked closely with this clinic, supporting their efforts and assisting on logistics. 

Causality counts are extremely heavy and fighting is expected to get even more fierce. Trapped in all this are the hundreds of thousands of civilians. Due to the proximity of the fighting--augmented by ISIS counter-attacked--these trapped persons face similar risks of battlefield injury as the security forces. 

At a clinic in Mosul, both civilains and wounded soldiers are treated. 

Inside the Mosul medical clinic. HERA will not be publishing any images of the active medical treatments we have witnessed and supported.

Inside the Mosul medical clinic. HERA will not be publishing any images of the active medical treatments we have witnessed and supported.

Arriving at the clinic, HERA's team helped remove causalities from multiple ambulances that arrived this day time.  Many of those brought in did not survive. 

The clinic sees many people each day, but is always low on supplies. More are needed to save lives, protect the civilians, and ensure those fleeing ISIS have a chance. 

 

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HERA has been able to support this clinic with medical supplies and logistical support. However, resources are still extremely scarce and much more is required. While embedded with the medical forces, HERA helps deliver the wounded, deliver supplies, and assist wherever possible.

Here are 3 short stories from the clinic:

The 4 children

"They were just playing in the street," says the medic as he removes his blood-covered gloves and sanitizies his hands. 'One of them must have hit some un-exploded ordinance". The medic is referring to 4 children who hand been brought in earlier that day. Their legs were critically damaged. It seems that the 4 of them had been playing in the street, a rare treat for children who have lived under ISIS rule and conflict for over 2 years. Then, one of them tripped over an un-exploded shell of some kind, triggering its detonation. 

"Just because ISIS is not physically here does not mean that they are gone," says the man who runs the clinic. "In fact, we see plenty of causalities from bombs that were left behind". 

These young kids are a reminder that ISIS will not be beaten easily and that even after neighborhoods are liberated, more work remains to make the areas safe again.

Trying to escape

In one day, multiple civilian causalities were brought in, all from one neighborhood that was an active battlezone. The wounds were unusual due to their similarities. They were all shot by a sniper from the back.

“We receive a lot of women and children with injuries because they’re targeted when they try to escape. They shoot them in the back as they run, especially the women,” the head of the clinic said in an interview with Stars and Stripes.

HERA saw this first hand, helping to carry the wounded from the ambulance and working with the medics to help save the women. Civilians in the conflict face a terrifying choice. Either they stay inside ISIS-controlled territory and risk being killed by either ISIS or stray fire from coalition forces, or they try to cross the lines and risk being targeted by snipers. The medics see multiple people a day who tried to cross. Some of them make it alive with their wounds, but many do not. 

As the HERA team was interviewing civilians, multiple military convoys raced in opposite directions. The ones coming away from us were carrying the wounded.