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Topic Title: Surviving the war: 'They knew I was dead. I proved them wrong.'
Created On: 08/26/2009 11:16 AM
 05/30/2012 03:13 PM

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Melissa, God bless this man. I could not seem to access the story from the link you provided, but I think you furnished enough information to understand what the contents were about. [br][br]It still amazes me that the brave female representative from Arizona was able to survive a point-blank gunshot wound to the head. I guess her odds of recovery, at least at some level, increased because the bullet exited the brain. Subsequently, there was less tissue loss. Actually, it is still most impressive how far neuroscience has come in the past several years. [br][br]
 08/26/2009 11:16 AM

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This article is really quite shocking. Former National Guard seargant Bob Briggs survived and recovered from a rocket blast to the head, four years ago, while serving in Iraq.

The article states:
"Briggs, 40, is one of hundreds of veterans rebuilding their lives after suffering head wounds. He can walk and talk, and he's resumed his role as a father and husband. He continues to improve, but the progress is slow. One of his biggest challenges is accepting the limits he will always face, including the likelihood that he will never regain full use of his left arm and leg or of his short-term memory. He still carries shrapnel in his brain and elsewhere in his body, and he'll probably never be able to hold a job again."
According to doctors, it is modern medicine that saved his life. Briggs himself is quoted in the article saying, "If it had happened in the Vietnam War, I wouldn't have lived."
According to the article, learning how to deal with, treat, and transport soldiers with brain injuries has become a "hallmark" of the Wars in Iraq and Afganistan. And it was this ability that aided the survival of Briggs from a wound he friends believed would be fatal.
I really suggest taking the time to read this article:  http://www.desmoinesregister.c...WS/908230357/-1/NEWS04

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