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Norfolk and Norwich Hospital treats Libyan casualties

Two Libyan men who were shot during fighting in the town of Misrata are to receive treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Surgical teams are on standby to treat the men, who are arriving at Norwich airport on Friday.

The hospital is among a small number to be approached by the Department of Health to offer care to 50 civilians, paid for by the Libyan Government.

Twenty-seven patients have arrived in the UK over the past few weeks.

The two men, aged 29 and 46, will receive specialised surgery and rehabilitation.

Medical director Professor Krishna Sethia said: "As a specialist centre for orthopaedic, plastic and reconstructive surgery we were asked if we could offer our support and we are very pleased to be able to help provide this humanitarian medical assistance.

"The patients are both stable despite their injuries and will be individually assessed by our clinical teams later today.

"It is expected they will be with us for a number of weeks as they will require clinically complex treatment from a range of our highly skilled medical, nursing and therapy staff."

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