February 17, 2012. Thanks to the quick thinking of a Northwestern Medicine pediatrician, 14,000 silver mylar blankets, the kind typically handed out to runners after a marathon, are headed to Afghanistan to help children in danger of freezing to death this winter in scarcely heated refugee camps. More than 20 Afghan children have already died from the cold in the past month.
Craig Garfield, M.D., well knows the value of the blankets, used by paramedics to warm newborn babies and by mountain climbers who camp overnight in frigid outdoor conditions. An athlete, Garfield also uses the blankets to maintain his body temperature after a triathlon.
He emailed his idea to a New York Times reporter on the scene in Afghanistan. The reporter, Rod Nordland, put him in touch with Aschiana Foundation U.S.A., which is focused on helping Afghan children in the refugee camps. Read more...
Source: Northwestern News Center