Afghan war sparks romance for medics

THE war in Afghanistan may have torn many lives apart, but it also brought two people together.

Friday, 5th February 2010, 11:21 am

Brigid Allagoa, 52, a consultant paediatrician at Dewsbury and District Hospital, was working in Afghanistan with the Territorial Army in 2007, when she met neurosurgeon Martin Christie.

The pair were based at the British Army Headquarters in Helmand and worked to save the lives of soldiers and civilians. The medics often endured weekly rocket attacks, and saw some of their colleagues injured while they battled to help others. They became firm friends and when they returned to the UK, love blossomed.

Martin, 63, who worked in Afghanistan with UK company Frontier Medical, said: "By chance we were sharing a desk, so during the slack time when there wasn't a lot of work, we got to know each other.

"It's an extraordinary, strange environment and some of the things going on around you can be horrific."

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