A doctor who once flew in Kosovan rescue missions over minefields is in the running for an Echo award.
Dr Rolf Wildermann is a partner in the Pallion Family Practice at Pallion Health Centre, in Hylton Road, Sunderland.
But around 20 years ago, he was part of the German Army when it was involved in the NATO-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo. He was an emergency doctor who was part of a helicopter team which rescued injured people from minefields.
Dr Wildermann admitted: “It was quite hard work.
“We were deployed to find the minefields and, if something happens, we would bring the people into field hospitals.”
He admitted the work was stressful and the injuries sustained by patients horrific.
But now he has been living and working in Sunderland for around 12 years and has been nominated for a Best of Health award by a patient who said: “He is everything you would hope a GP might be but rarely expect. All that and more. He’s personally involved and interested in your care, and always finds the time to go that extra mile on your behalf.”
Dr Wildermann said: “I am astounded that I have been nominated for my day to day work but I am pleased as well.”
Dr Wildermann was born and grew up in a town called Lingen in Lower Saxony in Germany.
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