December 9 2013 Latest news:
Ross Bentley and Jon Vale
Friday, October 4, 2013
Lance Corporal Rachel Hughes from Colchester yesterday received a mention in dispatches in the latest Operational Honours.
The citation for the 26-year-old, who serves in the Royal Army Medical Corps, described how she showed a level of medical professionalism exceeding someone of her rank and experience, and never allowed her personal feelings to affect the treatment she was giving.
But L/Cpl Hughes admitted she shed tears on several occasions in the testing conditions.
In one incident she had to give emergency treatment to four Afghan children who had been trapped underwater when the tractor they were in overturned into a canal. Just four days later, she again saved a child’s life when an eight-year-old boy was brought to the base after losing his leg when he was blown up by an explosive device.
Describing the shock of treating the children, she said: “It’s almost like you blink and then you just go into the zone.
“It’s strange, I can’t really explain it, it’s not until after that you think about it.
“You’re just rolling, doing everything that you’re trained to do. It’s all a big blur.”