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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:23 PM
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Pa. soldier dies of wounds weeks after being injured in Iraq.
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Sgt. Edward W. Shaffer, 24, of Mont Alto, died Wednesday afternoon at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, six weeks after being severely burned in an explosion, said his grandfather Edward Shaffer.

Sgt. Shaffer had been in critical condition at the hospital after being injured Nov. 13 by a roadside bomb in Ramadi, about 70 miles west of Baghdad. He suffered burns over 80 percent of his body, and doctors had given him only a 10 percent chance of surviving.

"All they could do was try to keep him comfortable. They couldn't do any more for him," Edward Shaffer said.

In the weeks following the accident, Sgt. Shaffer had undergone at least five surgeries, during which both hands and a foot were amputated. He also had unsuccessful skin graft surgery.


So incredibly sad. It's my understanding that severe burn injuries are about the worst pain that can be experienced. I can't imagine what it would like to linger around for 6 weeks with burns on 80% of your body. To say nothing of the multiple amputations.

Another Mission Accomplished for Bush, may he rot in Hell. :grr:
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Monkeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:25 PM
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1. Yep they are using a jelly that burns all exposed areas
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LiberalinNC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:29 PM
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2. My heart aches each and every day for these brave soilders...
There is no reason why he had to die...May Sgt. Shaffer rest in peace. :cry:
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:30 PM
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3. God, what a torture. And he went through that for weeks.
Sometimes death is a blessing. I hope he was able to part with his family during that time.
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:30 PM
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4. Maybe Hannity could show these pictures
since he's into showing graphic pictures tonight.
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