Sunday, May 6, 2007

Doha gets a second chance

"Well, I say we just keep her. She can stay in the barracks with us."

"She is so cute, I would just love to adopt her as my own. Is it ok if we just 'claim' her as ours?"

Just a few of the comments I hear as I wade through medics and corpsman on my way to see Doha. She's the MVP of Charlie Medical this morning and is coming in to get pins extracted from her femur. A few days ago, Tim removed the rod that connected the two parts of her leg together when it was broken during a VBIED attack. This morning, we remove the last of the hardware as the most recent radiograph films show excellent healing.















She lost her father in the attack. He was no ordinary Ramadi citizen, but one of the more influential leaders of this emerging province. His deep commitment to the safety and well-being of Ramadi directly resulted in a phenomenal push for Iraqi Police recruits. This one man takes most of the credit for the robust police force we now have in Ramadi and the surrounding areas of Habbaniya and Khalidiyah. His legacy of faith and passion for his Country still reverberate in this area, as his death resulted in another wave of new recruits that showed up for training after the attack.



We remain encouraged by the positive reports we are receiving about life in the surrounding areas. New markets and restaurants are opening every week, and although Doha was orphaned and her life forever changed on that day, lets hope that a renewed Ramadi and Anbar Province will give her the life she deserves: a life without fear or repression; a life filled with opportunity to take her second chance and do great things.......

6 comments:

alexa kim said...

See. You see what I mean people. Our Troops, OUR guys don't care who the father is, what the nationality or religion is, they just care for the safety of the kids. All the kids. One of the many reasons I am so very proud of you. She is adorable and worth saving, definitely. God save you and keep you all Dear Soldiers.

Anonymous said...

Desert Flier
May god bless all of you with quiet days and peaceful nights. The men and the women of the medical field in Afghanistan and Iraq are truely awesome

Bag Blog said...

I clicked on your photos to see Doha up close. Seeing big man-hands gently tending her was just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

LT GO said...

She was the bright spot and highlight of our week...wish I could say every day is that gratifying.

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Anonymous said...

carl take it easy out there hope all is wll see you when you get back keep your head down and keep doing an awesome job.

nate