A seriously wounded Soldier regains consciousness in the Landstuhl ICU. A few hours later he's doing well enough for the doctors to extubate him (remove the breathing tube).
After spending about 15 minutes hacking up a bunch of gunk from his lungs he's finally able to speak for the first time since being injured.
"What about Smith and Jones?", he asks. "Are they ok?"
This is a "composite" story, describing regular occurrances about which I write only in general terms. I do not write about specific patients during their stay here. I may write about them later, but only with permission or using previously published material.