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Ray Leopold: The terrible decision
It's never pleasant to do the work of a medic, but it's necessary.
Interview outtakes from THE WAR:
"If youíre in a firefight and you see a party that is wounded in a way that you know he cannot survive, there are ... you must pass him by even though he may be calling to you for help, and you must doctor somebody whose life you potentially can save. And itís a terrible decision you have to make to pass somebody by who is in need of comfort, but is not going to live. Itís never pleasant to do the work of a medic. But itís one of the essentials of civilized behavior. A penetrating wound of the brain is almost uniformly fatal. A wound that penetrates the heart, when you know it blows away a portion of the chest. When you see a person who has lost a limb and has become totally unconscious from the loss of blood. The last one perhaps might possibly be saved. If there is time, you must save him. But the others are fatal wounds."