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 Horrific wounds among U.S. soldiers, says medic

04/05/03

A Colorado newspaper has quoted a neurosurgeon treating wounded U.S. soldiers from Iraq at a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, as saying that TV reports were sanitising the war. 

Dr Gene Bolles said wounded being flown to Landstuhl were young men, aged 18, 19, and 20, with "horrific injuries", including lost arms, legs and hands, and significant brain injuries. 

The newspaper, Colorado's "Boulder Daily Camera", said Dr. Bolles is a 66-year civilian medic and a former Vietnam War surgeon. 

Up until Friday, the hospital at Landstuhl had received 281 wounded from the war. 

Plane-loads were arriving regularly. 

Officially, the USA lists 75 dead; Britain, 27 killed. Iraq has not stated its military losses, but puts civilian casualties at 1,252 killed and 5,103 injured.

 


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