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Wed Oct 9, 2013, 05:05 PM

Tammy Duckworth Reunited With Army Medic Who Saved Her Life (pic)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/09/tammy-duckworth-iraq-medic_n_4054074.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Scott Gillis sat in the House balcony, watching a speech by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). The last time Gillis had seen her, she was unconscious, bleeding profusely and in need of life-saving surgery.

Gillis was one of the medics who helped save Duckworth's life in 2004. Back then, he was an Army sergeant stationed in Iraq, and Duckworth was rushed into Gillis' hospital tent after her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Before passing out, Duckworth, an Army pilot, somehow managed to help land the helicopter, despite injuries that led to both of her legs being amputated and one of her arms being damaged. Gillis was there to receive her, helping to stabilize her before she was flown to Germany for emergency surgery. He never saw her after that.

Despite having treated more than 2,000 soldiers during the war, Gillis said he always remembered Duckworth. There were a couple of things about her that stood out.

"The grotesqueness of her injuries and that she was a woman," said Gillis, now 40 and living in Northern Virginia. "We also got briefed as to what happened to our patients when we got them."



Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a former Army pilot, was reuinted at the Capitol with the medic who saved her life in Iraq in 2004. | Jennifer Bendery

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Reply Tammy Duckworth Reunited With Army Medic Who Saved Her Life (pic) (Original post)
cal04 Oct 2013 OP
gopiscrap Oct 2013 #1
cal04 Oct 2013 #11
postulater Oct 2013 #2
Cha Oct 2013 #3
cal04 Oct 2013 #6
nadinbrzezinski Oct 2013 #4
cal04 Oct 2013 #10
Boomerproud Oct 2013 #5
cal04 Oct 2013 #9
DakotaLady Oct 2013 #7
cal04 Oct 2013 #8
Stuart G Oct 2013 #12
grantcart Oct 2013 #13
SammyWinstonJack Oct 2013 #14
joeybee12 Oct 2013 #15
Wait Wut Oct 2013 #16
longship Oct 2013 #17
blaze Oct 2013 #18
sheshe2 Oct 2013 #19
PennsylvaniaMatt Oct 2013 #20
AnotherDreamWeaver Oct 2013 #21
progressoid Oct 2013 #22

Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 05:09 PM

1. That's pretty cool!

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 06:04 PM

11. Yes, it is gopiscrap

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 05:10 PM

2. Salutes to both of them!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 05:17 PM

3. Wow.. amazing..thanks cal

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Response to Cha (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 05:24 PM

6. Yes, it is Cha

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You're very welcome

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 05:21 PM

4. It's good, for the both of them

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 06:03 PM

10. They made me cry

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 05:23 PM

5. This is such a life-affirming story in such a dark time.

Beautiful people both.

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Response to Boomerproud (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 06:02 PM

9. It sure is Boomerproud

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 05:44 PM

7. Oh my ...

... what a wonderful heartfelt story this is.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth is on my most admired persons list.

Thank you cal04 for posting.

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Response to DakotaLady (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 06:02 PM

8. Mine too DakotaLady

You're very welcome

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 07:16 PM

12. K and R thanks for posting nt

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 07:21 PM

13. A great Thai American. Her father worked in refugee matters in Bangkok when

I was there but I don't remember every meeting him.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 07:25 PM

14. rec

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 07:25 PM

15. Great photo...thanks...knr

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 07:34 PM

16. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Sgt. Gillis.

You didn't just save the life of an amazing woman, you saved her for all of us. Without you, we wouldn't have her voice to speak for us. You saved a role model.

We owe you so much.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 07:38 PM

17. I happily R&K all Duckworth threads...

She is a very special congress person.

It helps that she has charisma = 18 and a double saving throw versus GOP bullshit.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2013, 08:20 PM

18. It never occurred to me

that all those medics usually have no real closure on all the people they cared for.

What an eye opener.

Thanks so much for sharing this!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 12:05 AM

19. Thank You Scott Gillis

You helped save her for us. What an amazing Woman!





I love her calO4~ Thank you

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 12:36 AM

20. I love Tammy Duckworth!

She is such an inspiration to every American!

Thanks for sharing that with us!

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 02:09 AM

21. K&R. Great report, nt

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2013, 01:58 PM

22. kick

and rec!

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