A British Army trauma surgeon said the Afghan baby girl who was passed over a razor-wire fence to US soldiers at Kabul airport has been reunited with her mother.
Heartbreaking video of the crying baby being desperately handed to US soldiers by her arm went viral last week as thousands of Afghans tried to flee the Taliban.
Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Caesar told Sky News on Wednesday that he cared for the baby girl in the trauma hospital set up inside the US-controlled airport until she could eventually be reunited with her mother.
The baby and her mother have since been evacuated from Kabul, he said.
He also described how he used his experience as a new father to nurse the baby.
Lt Col Caesar, who has a 14-month old child, said he quickly took over caring for the little girl when others in the hospital were struggling to feed and settle her.
“I have a little more experience of dealing with small children,” he said.
“So we took her for a walk around the hospital, managed to burp her a few times, she seemed to settle, she then sat with me for another half an hour.”
It was a far cry from the gunshot wounds and flashbang injuries he had been treating since the chaos at the airport erupted when the Taliban seized control two weeks ago.
Lt Col Caesar said that baby was among 10 passed over the airport wall to allied soldiers by Afghans desperate to get on one of the evacuation flights out of Kabul.
“There have also been an unexpectedly high number of children being passed to us and being dealt with by the hospital,” Lt Col Caesar said.
“The Norwegians, the US and ourselves took turns taking care of those children and offering them the pastoral care that they needed while they waited to be either shipped on to a safe destination or reunited with their parents.
“‘I don’t think anyone foresaw the crushing sea of humanity at the gate and how they were going to be affected by the situation.”
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