Monday 20 November 2017

Heroic medic wins military medal for saving soldier's life

A woman from the North who put herself in "mortal danger" to treat an injured soldier has been awarded the Military Cross by the British Army, writes Kevin Keane.

Lance Corporal Kylie Watson is only the fourth woman in the British Army to receive the honour, which she got for treating a wounded Afghan soldier whilst under heavy Taliban fire.

The 23-year-old, from Ballymena, Co Antrim, gave medical care to the man on exposed open ground for 20 minutes before helping with his evacuation.

Inspiration

On a separate occasion, she made a 100-metre dash through a waist-high ditch while under sustained fire, in order to deliver life-saving first aid to another Afghan soldier.

Her citation spoke of her "immense courage" and described her as an "inspiration" to her platoon.

Her citation said: "Watson's immense courage, willingness to put her own life at risk and absolute bravery saved the life of one warrior and acted as an inspiration to her platoon and their Afghan National Army partners."

Irish Independent

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