A U.S. Army medic, who is on a three-month deployment with the force known as the Resolute Support Mission, is appealing for help to find a newborn baby still missing after he was handed over to his care by American troops during a recent rescue mission.
As a result of the lack of notification of his family, Sgt. Robert Rice said he is “furious,” and that the youngster who was stillborn while undergoing emergency surgery in Afghanistan had been hidden because the family did not know who he was.
The Army medic said that he was running low on supplies and needed to evacuate the Baby Dragon Medical Clinic — an out-of-date facility — where six Afghans were being treated when the baby was delivered without pain relief. After seizing the baby, his guard went down, and he said that one of the soldiers handed the child to him while leaving the building.
The Guardsman then ran off — again under the control of a guard — and never alerted the other soldiers to the baby’s existence. The baby was later taken to a U.S. hospital, but the authorities could not be notified to issue the birth certificate to the child’s father.
Rice said he learned of the incident after others in the medical team noticed the baby’s image on a larger image on a screen in the clinic. And though the child’s parents identified him as their son and he was given to them immediately, they were not told of his passing, and are still in shock from the death.
The baby’s father’s name is Sayed Sarwar, and his identity is still unknown. Rice said he is not expecting the baby’s body to ever be recovered, and told a reporter that while he understands why his fellow Americans would have done it, he is “bemused” as to why the procedure to find the parents would not have been followed.
Haseeb Arshad, a family spokesperson, said he is having difficulty understanding why the soldier did not notify the baby’s parents of the act.
“We need an answer for this: How did the baby die during a mission, and then was not searched by the military for identification? How could a baby die without the family being notified of it? What are they hiding?”
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