Friday, January 21, 2005

Numbers Update: 220 amputees

While most of the 1,348 combat soldiers treated at Brooke Army since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began have been burn cases, the medical center based at Fort Sam Houston has also cared for 27 amputees. Officials expect that number to jump to 84 by April.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center has long been the primary evacuation stop for wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan. It's treated 186 troops wounded in Iraq and 21 wounded in Afghanistan through its amputee care center, which opened late last year.

About 220 soldiers have lost at least one limb as a result of service in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department.


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