Gaelle gives up hol­i­day to aid blaze vic­tims

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

OBAN hos­pi­tal phys­io­ther­a­pist Gaelle Smith trav­elled to Lon­don yes­ter­day ( Wed­nes­day) to tend burns vic­tims of the Gren­fell Tower fire.

The 32-year- old physio is trained to help nat­u­ral dis­as­ter and con­flict zone vic­tims by UK Med, a UK gov­ern­ment Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment-run agency which de­ploys med­i­cal vol­un­teers to emer­gen­cies.

Lon­don needed more burns spe­cial­ists, she had the skill set, so she de­cided to give up her hol­i­day to help. ‘News was com­ing through about the amount of pa­tients who need crit­i­cal care,’ she said. ‘There has been a large in­crease in a spe­cific in­jury.

‘I have done work in burns and how you cover a wound. A small burn in a crit­i­cal place can cre­ate a func­tional loss. It is a very har­row­ing thing to see and to go through the pain. Also it is very dis­fig­ur­ing. Their con­cern will not nec­es­sar­ily be what they have en­dured, but what their families have en­dured.’

Gaelle came to Oban this year from Sierra Leone, where she had been re­liev­ing a short­age of staff fol­low­ing the ebola out­break.

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