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U.S. Pediatric Surgeon Heals War's Youngest Victims in Iraq, Donates Medical Aid to Displaced Children in Kabul, Afghanistan
Date:12/17/2009

During his military service in Iraq, U.S. Air Force pediatric surgeon Dr. Chris Coppola scrubbed in to perform surgery on a two-year-old child shot at a checkpoint and bleeding in the swollen right lobe of his brain. Now, having returned from Iraq, Dr. Coppola is turning his attention to a non-military effort to provide medical aid to children living in Kabul’s largest internally displaced persons camp.

(PRWEB) December 17, 2009 --

During his first night on call in Balad, Iraq, Air Force pediatric surgeon Dr. Chris Coppola scrubbed in to perform surgery on a two-year-old child shot at a checkpoint and bleeding in the swollen right lobe of his brain.

“It has been ten years since residency when I last opened a skull, but I know I can provide an extra set of steady hands. And when a boy has a bullet in his brain, there is not much time to consider whether or not you’ve been properly vetted,” Dr. Coppola describes in his memoir 'Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq'.

With domestic hospitals strained by war and many Iraqi civilians without electricity and safe drinking water, families increasingly sought health care for their children in U.S combat support hospitals; word quickly spread about Dr. Coppola in local villages. One Bedouin family arrived at the gates of the 332nd Air Theater Hospital where Dr. Coppola was stationed, holding a slip of paper bearing only his name and the Arabic phrase, “Doctor for Children.”

Now, having returned from Iraq, Dr. Coppola is turning his attention to a non-military effort to provide medical aid to chil
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