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Adm. Foggo Presents Award to Spanish Surgeon
Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Italy, presented the Superior Public Service Award on May 4, 2018 to Dr. Pedro Cavadas, a reconstructive surgeon at Hospital de Manises in Valencia, Spain, for outstanding surgical care rendered to a U.S. Navy Sailor who severed his right hand in an industrial accident at sea.
Also given awards were the members of Dr. Cavadas’ surgical team and those from the hospital who provided post-operative care for the service member.
On March 27 a Sailor serving aboard a U.S. submarine operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations suffered a traumatic amputation of his hand that required emergent medical evacuation and immediate surgical care.
Following treatment by on-scene medical personnel, the Sailor was transported by a Spanish Coast Guard vessel and via helicopter coordinated by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center to Hospital de Manises for surgery and follow-on medical treatment.
“Due to the timely response by the Spanish rescue personnel and medical team, and because of the seamless teamwork between Spanish assets and U.S. Forces, the patient’s chances for recovery were greatly enhanced,” said Foggo. “The response to this incident is a testament to enduring partnership between the U.S. and Spain, and to the skill and professionalism of the rescue personnel who quickly responded to provide assistance and medical treatment to this Sailor. ”
Foggo said thanks to the efforts of Dr. Cavadas and his team, the Sailor is expected to make a full recovery.
“It seems that normal well trained and motivated people doing routine things, when they come together, can do remarkable things,” said Dr. Cavadas. “No man alone can do anything, I have to commend and recognize my team. They are hard workers… and they are the best team ever.”
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, headquartered in Naples, Italy, oversees joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, to enable enduring relationships and increase vigilance and resilience in Europe and Africa.