During our HEFAT training in Mexico, we “treated injuries” on local actors after an “explosion.” I helped David, whose right leg had been blown off. Even though I know this was not real life, I became frantic because David was screaming in pain. I panicked. I removed everything (bandages, scissors, splints, etc.) from my medical kit before realizing that I should be first applying pressure on his wound so he won’t pass out. Let’s hope I never come across an emergency situation but, if I do, I would remember this moment.
– Amaris Castillo