A BRAVE nurse has returned from war-torn Afghanistan after helping wounded soldiers and local children.
Maia Pelgrom, from Ansdell, a practice development sister on the paediatric unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, found herself helping children injured after the Taliban shelled an Afghan village during her time in the region.
She is a major with the Manchester Field Hospital Territorial Army and was deployed as the Paediatric Lead Nurse to work at Camp Bastion, the British base for the Armed Forces in Afghanistan.
Maj Pelgrom, originally from Luton in Bedfordshire, moved to Blackpool in 1988 and joined the Army in 2002 after previously serving with the Royal Air Force.
She said: “The hospital is well equipped to deal with all sorts of major trauma, and the Army even employed paediatric civilian nurses.
“My job was to oversee the care the children received from the time of admission in the Emergency Department, through to their discharge home or transfer to an Afghan medical facility.
“It was my job to supervise the care. This was particularly evident in an incident when the Taliban shelled a village compound and we had many Afghan casualties which included nine children, all with serious injuries.”
The mother-of-one is currently the Officer Commanding G Squadron of 207 Field Hospital based in Bury and was given her Afghanistan Medal at the Homecoming Parade held on March 6 in Bury.
Most of her weekends are spent training with the TA.
She added: “Working with the Afghan families was a pleasure. Looking back at my time there, I can say that it was a good experience although difficult at times.”