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Royal Navy medic receives Military Cross at Buckingham Palace

A wounded Royal Navy medic who saved the lives of four colleagues after they were seriously injured in Afghanistan by a grenade attack in 2011 received a Military Cross this week from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Despite shrapnel wounds to his leg and face, Medical Assistant (MA) Liam O'Grady ran across open ground while grenades were exploding around him to drag his stricken patrol sergeant to safety.

He gave immediate lifesaving treatment to the commander who had severe wounds to his chest and abdomen before going on to stabilise three other wounded colleagues. Only after the commander had been extracted by helicopter and he had helped carry the other casualties 800 metres uphill through hostile territory did MA O'Grady allow his own wounds to be treated.

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