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Evacuation of casualties was by RAF Hercules to Cyprus.
This patient had a tracheostomy and a device made in the FST Anaesthetic Department Workshop which was attached to the tracheostomy tube to retain heat and moisture in his airway. It was fashioned from some plastic discs, several layers of copper gauze, glue and sticky tape. Not perfect but better than the nothing Ludgershall might or might not have provided.
 
     
 

This patient had very significant and multiple injuries and he died some months later in hospital in the UK. Various causes have been cited but the most common cause that has been bandied about has been as a consequence of a tooth fragment blasted deep into his lung when a high velocity bullet struck his mandible.

It might seem unlikely, probably is unlikely, that a single tooth fragment would cause death. The removal of an identifiable tooth fragemt would have been well within the capabilities of a thoracic surgeon. The clue may lie in the huge amount of energy that was dissipated throughout his respiratory tract when the bullet struct his mandible. This had the potential to  cause widespread interstitial damage to his lungs. Add this to the bullet wound to his chest which would have sent shock waves through his delicate pulmonary tissues and the sum is that his lungs received massive macroscopic and microscopic damage which limited their capacity to repair. It was probably the invisible microscopic blast damage that was the culprit rather than the easily understood fragment of tooth.