She said: “I ran forward to treat him. There was a tiny entry wound where the bullet had gone into his chest and no exit wound.
“There was very little blood but he was not breathing. I tried to resuscitate him for about 20 minutes but nothing could be done.”
“I think he had died before I got to him, bless him. I looked up at last and saw bullets hitting the dust around me.”
“I realised for the first time how exposed I was, I was just kneeling in a field with no cover. It was time to go.”
She said: “About 12 of us were patrolling south a few hundred meters when we came under small arms fire from three men in a ditch.”
“There was no cover available to us apart from an irrigation ditch but you don’t want to dive into one of them in case it has IEDs planted in it.”
“We needed to stop them shooting at us quickly and had to help. I just took a knee and fired about half a magazine at their position, about 15 rounds.”
“It sounds dramatic I suppose but it wasn’t, I know for a fact I didn’t hit a thing. I need to get on the range a bit more often I suppose.”