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New war film uses expertise of vascular surgeon

BMI Healthcare : 20 January, 2014  (Company News)
A consultant surgeon at BMI Healthcare has been helping film makers to represent the true nature of land mine injuries
New war film uses expertise of vascular surgeon


Consultant Vascular Surgeon Mr Eddie Chaloner, who practices at BMI Healthcare, has been sharing his medical expertise and experience of landmine injuries with a British film maker who is hoping to bring a true story of bravery and courage on the frontline, to the big screen.



Mr Chaloner is working on the feature length film about British soldiers in Afghanistan, entitled Kajaki, with Director Paul Katis of Pukka Films. Mr Chaloner is helping to ensure the film is authentic by sharing his experience of working in war torn countries while he was in the Army along with his work with the land mine charity The HALO Trust.



Mr Chaloner got involved after hearing about the film project through a network of former airborne soldiers. Speaking on his advisory role, Mr Chaloner commented: “My main expertise relates to landmine injuries in general as well as the surgical treatment. While I was working in Afghanistan with The HALO Trust I saw two mine clearers blown up at close proximity. That experience is something you don’t forget. The purpose of the film is to show the public what working in places such as Afghanistan entails for our frontline armed forces. Having met Paul and discussed the film there is a clear intention to make this movie as authentic and real as possible, so I think that is a very important thing for the public to see. It’s a great project and for me it is very personal and quite emotional. Hopefully this picture will allow us all to see what bravery actually looks like in real life.”



Mr Chaloner joined 144 Parachute Squadron (the reserve squadron of 23 Parachute Field Ambulance) in 1990, providing medical support to the airborne brigade. During his service Mr Chaloner was deployed to Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo. He left the Army in 2002. He has also worked with The HALO Trust in Afghanistan, Mozambique, Angola, Sri Lanka and Iraq, where he worked on the medical logistics of mine clearance, medical training of staff and operating on patients at the local hospitals, either alongside other aid agencies or with local clinicians. Mr Chaloner was also a member of the NATO expert panel on blast protection for four years.



Speaking on the project, Director Paul Katis commented: "We're all used to films showing people being blown spectacularly into the air from explosions but that's just not what happens in reality. Our goal in the film is to be as authentic as possible and this means getting the look of these injuries right. We don't want to be gruesome but realistic. Eddie has extensive knowledge of mine injuries having treated them over many years and saving many lives. It's great to be able to lean on this knowledge"


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