Tuesday, May 30, 2006

An unknown American soldier and Iraqi translator die in a Baghdad IED blast

Oh, yeah… And so did CBS cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan. CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier, who “graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College, majoring in human rights and Spanish [and] later earned a master's degree in foreign affairs, specializing in the Middle East, from the University of Virginia,” was critically injured.

To paraphrase Bernard Bailey:
When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of ‘journalists’ will be disappointed to discover they are not it.

CBS's Dozier Recovering at U.S. Base

By CHRISTOPH NOELTING
Associated Press Writer

LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -- A CBS News correspondent injured by a car bomb that killed two colleagues in Iraq was in critical but stable condition and "doing as well as can be expected," a doctor at a U.S. military hospital said Tuesday.

Kimberly Dozier, a 39-year-old American, was flown to the U.S. military's Ramstein Air Base in Germany and was transferred by ambulance to nearby Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where doctors were assessing her condition.

CBS said Dozier underwent two operations in Baghdad before she was transferred to Landstuhl, the U.S. military's largest medical facility abroad.

Col. W. Bryan Gamble said Dozier was responsive during the flight, opening her eyes and moving her toes as she was transferred, but that it was too soon to speculate on her recovery.

"It's really hard right now to ascertain how much of a recovery period she will need and what the extent of her rehabilitation will be, it's really too early into the process of the trauma to know that right now," Gamble said.

"She was critically wounded from the ... blast, but right now she is doing as well as can be expected," he said, adding that Dozier was expected to stay in Landstuhl for several days and undergo several other routine operations.

Medical officials are awaiting the arrival of her family, expected Wednesday, to decide when she would be transferred to the United States, Gamble said.

Dozier, along with cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan were traveling in a U.S. military convoy working on a story about Memorial Day when a car bomb exploded. Douglas and Brolan, both British citizens, were killed. A U.S. soldier and an Iraqi translator also died in the blast... [Ed. – Gosh, a whole sentence. It’s almost as if their lives mattered too]

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