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The consequences of triggering an AP mine are devastating. One foot and part of the lower leg is often lost immediately.
Stones and fragments are usually blown into the other leg, up into the perineum, the buttocks and often the arm.
There is immense shock to the victim and those around him and come to his aid are traumatised by what they see.
 
 
 
 
 
The wounds are surgically debrided and are also cleaned using hydrogen peroxide which both helps the removal of debris, sterilises and helps stop bleeding from small vessels.
 
 
 
Delayed Primary Suture of the arm several days later
 
 
 
 
Several days later DPS - Delayed Primary Suture - is undertaken and much later when the stup has healed a cast is taken in preparation for making a false limb.
 
 
 
  AirWork - who were immensly helpful to us in a variety of way - glued three planks together, hollowed out a socket, rounded off the outside, attached a bit of plastic drainpipe and produced a very serviceable false leg  
 
 
 
The  much  maligned  anaesthetist  sewing on the shoulder strap to the leg  and demonstrating that it was not only surgeons who were handy with a needle and thread.
 
 
 
 
We never did work out how it was that the adoo only had a supply of left footed mines....But maybe that is just FST humour at its worst ?