Afghanistan 2012 © Michael Goldfarb
The 15-year-old boy first came to MSF’s trauma center in the Afghan city of Kunduz last fall, after suffering a severe abdominal injury. The center, which opened in August 2011, was—and remains—the only emergency medical facility of its kind in northern Afghanistan. MSF staff operated on the boy and kept him hospitalized during his recovery, but weeks later, in late November, he developed a life-threatening bowel obstruction, necessitating an emergency laparotomy. Just hours after surgery, lying in a bed in the intensive-care unit, he had developed a respiratory infection and a raging fever, as the team feared he would.
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