Military Matters: Army doctor provides services in Africa

Updated: Apr. 18, 2018 at 8:51 AM EDT
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(WTVM) - You are probably aware that the U.S. military serves in many ways in countries around the world.

We have one such example of an obstetrician lending her services to the people of Africa.

Major Kathryn Berryman travels more than 5,300 miles to learn less is more.

"Less equipment, fewer personnel, and often outdated equipment or older equipment that we're not accustomed towards," said Maj. Berryman.

USARAF MEDRETE 18-1 is the first in a series of medical readiness exercises that partners African and U.S. Army medical personnel to strength surgery and trauma skills.

"It was challenging," said Maj. Berryman. "I learned some new techniques surgically that facilitated being able to perform the same surgeries that I perform in the U.S. with a whole lot less."

In 20 days, this obstetrician participated in more than 15 operations, then delivered a career moment, a full term abdominal pregnancy which occurs one out of 30,000.

Major Berryman says this is even rarer on the United States, because "it's typically identified earlier. So, I was able to participate in the delivery of this patient and her baby, which was really a career high."

She worked alongside Senegalese doctors who benefitted from her experience and she from theirs.

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