Medic teams up with USA

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AN Army Re­servist from Mac­cles­field teamed up with the US Army in a ma­jor med­i­cal ex­er­cise to train how to treat the sick and wounded at short no­tice any­where in the world.

Cor­po­ral He­len Porter trav­elled to Wis­con­sin to take part in Ex­er­cise Global Medic with her Manch­ester Field Hos­pi­tal unit, where Bri­tish medics were put through their paces by US Army medics to test how well the two na­tions worked to­gether.

The mum-of-three, 45, an Army Re­servist for eight years who worked with the US Army in 2010 in Afghanistan, said the ex­er­cise was ‘in­valu­able’ for forg­ing bonds with Amer­i­can col­leagues and ex­chang­ing skills which could help them work to­gether in the fu­ture.

She said train­ing was ‘as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble’ and that they were ‘pushed to the limit’.

Cpl Porter, a re­sus­ci­ta­tion of­fi­cer at Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, added: “We get the same train­ing and pay as the reg­u­lar army and any med­i­cal skills I learn in uni­form are di­rectly trans­fer­able to the NHS, so it’s the best of both worlds.”

Daugh­ter Courtnee 17, has ap­plied to join the Navy af­ter study­ing Aerospace En­gi­neer­ing at Mac­cles­field Col­lege.

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