November 9, 2007

Positivity: Writing helped Dozier overcome Iraq injuries

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Following up on two Positivity posts from last year (here and here):

Friday, November 02, 2007

CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier became the story she was in Iraq to report on when she was critically wounded in a car bombing in Baghdad. Two of her CBS colleagues, cameraman Paul Douglas and sound man James Brolan, were killed in the incident, along with the Army captain and Iraqi interpreter they were following.

When Dozier regained consciousness after the blast on May 29 of last year, she had more to deal with than her painful and massive injuries. “I was just finding out that Paul Douglas and James Brolan — my colleagues, my friends — had been killed,” she says. “I was dealing with the guilt that I had survived and they hadn’t.”

Dozier suffered multiple trauma injuries, including broken bones in both legs, severe burns, shattered ear drums and shrapnel injuries. Later complications included excessive bone growth at fracture sites that required more surgery and acinetobacter, a drug-resistant bacterial infection that is becoming common among wounded troops recovering in military hospitals.

The recovery process took nine months. In February, after a final round of surgery, she went back to work. “Many people have not caught up to my recovery,” she says. “I still get get-well cards. I’m probably going to have to run a marathon to show people I’m OK now.” …..

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