Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Lewis, the commanding officer of the field hospital at Camp Bastion, has said that his staff "adapted brilliantly" to the completely unexpected task of delivering a child. He told the Daily Mail:
– Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Lewis
This is a unique occurrence, but my team is well-rehearsed in the unexpected and they adapted brilliantly to this situation.
I am pleased to report the mother and baby are doing well and we are all delighted at the outcome.
An Army Major who edits the British Army handbook said that the birth of a child at Camp Bastion raises questions about pre-deployment testing. Major Charles Heyman told the Daily Mail:
– Major Charles Heyman
Commanders need to start thinking very, very carefully about what sort of medical examinations female soldiers have before they deploy on operations.
A simple urine test would indicate if someone was pregnant. The Army now needs to tighten up its procedures.
The training includes an eight-mile march and five-mile run.