15 February 2012

Amputation cases hit post-9/11 high in 2011

From Stars & Stripes:

More troops lost limbs in 2011 than in any previous year of fighting since 2001, recently published Pentagon data shows. 240 troops sustained at least one arm or leg amputated, up from 196 in 2010 and more than the previous high of 205 during the 2007 Iraq surge.

“These are grievous injuries, yes, but when you see them back here with their families having survived, these guys are all grateful to be alive,” said said Col. Jonathan Jaffin, chief of the Army Surgeon General’s Dismounted Complex Blast Injury Task Force.

The full article can be found here.

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