Anguish for medics as blast solder dies

Private Daniel Steven Prior, a British soldier from 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment who has died in hospital in Birmingham after being wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan.
Private Daniel Steven Prior, a British soldier from 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment who has died in hospital in Birmingham after being wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan.
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A NURSE from Sheffield was among a team of South Yorkshire medics who battled heroically against the odds in Afghanistan to try to save a paratrooper catastrophically wounded in a bomb blast.

Members of the Territorial Army’s Sheffield-based 212 Field Hospital Regiment led the efforts to save Private Daniel Steven Prior, of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, who was blown up by an improvised explosive device.

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The 27-year-old - a new dad, who had returned to Afghanistan only a fortnight ago having flown home to be with wife Emily as she gave birth to their son Logan, now three weeks old - was rushed by helicopter to Camp Bastion Field Hospital from the Nahr-e-Saraj area of Helmand.

He tragically later died, with his family by his side, after being flown back to hospital in the UK.

Lt Col Angela Knock, aged 47, from Chapeltown in Sheffield, who in civilian life is a theatre nurse at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, oversaw the operation as commander of Camp Bastion Hospital’s operating theatre.