• Mexican army medical officers observe basic level U.S. Army medical training being conducted at Camp Bullis, Texas, Sept. 19, 2012, as part of their visit with U.S. Army North during one of the stops of their visit to the United States. The officers are visiting to observe various levels of medical training at different Army facilities. The visiting Mexican army doctors became local heroes Sept. 19, after helping save a local San Antonian during dinner at the Tower of the Americas.

    Medics

    Mexican army medical officers observe basic level U.S. Army medical training being conducted at Camp Bullis, Texas, Sept. 19, 2012, as part of their visit with U.S. Army North during one of the stops of their visit to the United States. The officers...

  • Members of the Mexican army's medical officer corps and their hosts, Soldiers with the Security Cooperation Division, U.S. Army North, stand outside the Rocco dining facility, Sept. 20, 2012, at Camp Bullis, Texas, during one of the stops of their visit to the United States. The officers are visiting to observe various levels of medical training at different Army facilities. The visiting Mexican army doctors became local heroes Sept. 19, after helping save a local San Antonian during dinner at the Tower of the Americas.

    Mexican doctors

    Members of the Mexican army's medical officer corps and their hosts, Soldiers with the Security Cooperation Division, U.S. Army North, stand outside the Rocco dining facility, Sept. 20, 2012, at Camp Bullis, Texas, during one of the stops of their...

  • Mexican army Maj. Carina Castro, an anesthesiologist with the Mexican medical officers corps, leads her fellow medical officers through a procedure on a training mannequin while observing training, Sept. 19, 2012, at Camp Bullis, Texas, as guests of U.S. Army North during one of the stops of their visit to the United States. The officers are visiting to observe various levels of medical training at different Army facilities. The visiting Mexican army doctors became local heroes Sept. 19, after helping save a local San Antonian during dinner at the Tower of the Americas.

    Procedure

    Mexican army Maj. Carina Castro, an anesthesiologist with the Mexican medical officers corps, leads her fellow medical officers through a procedure on a training mannequin while observing training, Sept. 19, 2012, at Camp Bullis, Texas, as guests of...

  • Mexican army medical officers receive a briefing on the U.S. Army medical training being conducted at Camp Bullis, Texas, Sept. 19, 2012, as part of their visit with U.S. Army North during one of the stops of their visit to the United States. The officers are visiting to observe various levels of medical training at different Army facilities. The visiting Mexican army doctors became local heroes Sept. 19, after helping save a local San Antonian during dinner at the Tower of the Americas.

    Training

    Mexican army medical officers receive a briefing on the U.S. Army medical training being conducted at Camp Bullis, Texas, Sept. 19, 2012, as part of their visit with U.S. Army North during one of the stops of their visit to the United States. The...

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 1, 2012) -- Five visiting Mexican army doctors became local heroes Sept. 19, after helping save a local San Antonian during dinner at a landmark San Antonio restaurant.

The visiting doctors were eating dinner at the Tower of the Americas in downtown San Antonio when a man at a nearby table collapsed onto the floor and his dinner companion stood up and began desperately asking for help.

"In these moments, as doctors, you don't really think," said Mexican army Maj. Israel Ramirez, a general surgeon with the Mexican medical officer corps. "You just react."

The victim was on the floor, convulsing and choking.

Ramirez and Maj. Jesus Andino, an orthopedic surgeon with the group, immediately went to the man's aid.

"One of them helped the man onto his side while the other managed to use a spoon to clear the obstruction from his airway, allowing him to breath and become stable," said Maj. Jim Marckwardt, Security Cooperation Division, U.S. Army North.

Afterward, he said they learned the gentleman had suffered an epileptic seizure. Due to the two doctors' swift intervention, paramedics had a much easier time helping the man back to consciousness and coherency. They watched over him until the couple left later in the evening.

The visiting Mexican doctors were in town to observe U.S. Army Soldiers conducting combat medic military occupational specialty training and advanced tactical medical care at Camp Bullis as part of a series of visits hosted by U.S. Army North.

Andino said that it was a fascinating opportunity to see combat-related training as a military doctor, but what happened at the restaurant was a more familiar scenario for them.

"It was gratifying for us to be able to help someone here in the U.S. in this way," said Mexican army Lt. Col. Luis Delgado, the senior officer in the group and a general surgeon. "We feel better that we helped him in such a situation."

Delgago went on to say that this experience, combined with the training that they have already witnessed while here, will give them much to bring back with them to Mexico to teach their own military medical professionals.

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