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US Army Mobile Surgical Hospital Arrives in Pakistan


The United States' only mobile field hospital has arrived in Pakistan to help earthquake victims in Pakistan's devastated Kashmir region.

Officials Sunday said the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, or MASH unit, would be positioned in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir. They say the Germany-based unit will be an important addition to other international hospitals operating in the region.

Tens of thousands of people were injured in the massive quake, and Pakistani and international medical teams have been struggling to treat them. U.S. Army doctors say they expect to see people with broken bones, trauma injuries and those suffering from shock, cold or malnutrition.

The MASH unit, the last of its kind in the U.S. Army, dates back to World War I and has been used in several conflicts, including Vietnam, the Balkans and the 1991 Gulf war.

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