The hospital, which spans 5 acres and has an
emergency room, two operating rooms, and over 50 beds, is now the
closest medical facility to the front lines of the war between the
jihadi death cult and the Iraqi coalition trying to liberate Iraq's
second largest city. The hospital plans to remain open for at least six
Despite only being in its first few days of operation, the
hospital and its staff of over 70-plus medical professionals have
already saved the lives of dozens of people badly injured by the
Dr. Elliott Tenpenny, the hospital's director, told The
Christian Post this week that a majority of patients the hospital
receives suffer from a variety of serious injuries caused by the war,
such as shrapnel wounds, gunshot wounds and burns. He added that "every
single one of them is a trauma from the war and all of them are in need
of surgery or they are critically ill and in need of stabilization."
now we are just taking the most seriously injured — red and yellow
patients is how they are described here. They are the most seriously
injured patients that do not have a chance to make it to the
next-closest hospital," Tenpenny explained. "We are focusing on them to
save the most lives possible. Focusing on the patients that are most
critically injured and can't survive the ride. So, we have treated
dozens of patients. I think it is right under 100 patients at this point
and we have only been open a few days."
said there are only a couple of things the hospital is not equipped to
handle. For example, any patient that requires brain surgery is referred
to another medical facility since the field hospital does not have the
capacity for neurosurgery.
Although there have been a few patients
that the hospital staff has not been able to save, Tenpenny said that
the medical staff has saved the lives of the vast majority of patients
they've seen. About 95 percent of the patients who have died "would have had no chance even at the best centers in the world."
"They came in with wounds that were devastating," he said.
this week, Tenpenny appeared in a video posted on Graham's Facebook
page where he described how the doctors at the field hospital were
working to try and save the life of an innocent Iraqi girl who was
seriously wounded when a mortar round fell into her home.
who was the hospital's first patient, had a wound in her back and came
to the hospital in shock with low blood pressure. The girl was
stabilized, given two units of blood and rushed to the operating room.
After surgery, she was sent to the intensive care unit.
Tenpenny was not able to give an update on the condition of the girl.
"We have lost one or two little ones like that and many of them have made it out of the hospital," Tenpenny told CP.
though nothing has happened yet to make Tenpenny and the other hospital
staff members fearful of their close proximity to the war zone, it is
hard to ignore the sounds of battle echoing in the distance.
and work in a difficult place. You wake up and go to sleep with the
sound of artillery and gunfire around but we are protected by our
security that is here," he explained. "There is no specific incident
that has made me fearful, but we are sitting close to a war zone and we
hear the war going on behind us and we know what the people are going
through in those areas."
Each doctor and medical professional at
the hospital is paid by Samaritan's Purse. Doctors have come from all
over the world to work at the field hospital and most are only there for
a number of weeks before they return home to their ongoing medical
jobs. Staff members must stay in the area for a minimum of three weeks
before they can return home. However, Tenpenny says that a number of
doctors will stay there for months.
Christian medical professionals are still needed to staff the hospital for future deployments. Samaritan's Purse is looking for surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists.
need prayer everyday. We do this in the name of Jesus Christ and we
need to be sustained," Tenpenny said. "This work is difficult in many
different ways. It's wearing and it's challenging. We need prayer
individually and as a team in order to continue on striving. We need
prayer for the community in general and for the people of Mosul — that
they are spared and that they can access the healthcare they need. Just
pray for us that through all this we are really a beacon of light in
this area for Christ."