News Icon

News: Iraqi soldier receives prosthetic arm after colliding with 2 VBIEDs

Courtesy Story

Prosthetic Sgt. Eddie Reyes

Maj. Steven Bauer, brigade surgeon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, instructs Lt. Cessar Hamed Hassn, military intelligence officer, 2nd Bn., 4th Bde., 8th Iraqi Army Div., on how to close and open his newly received prosthetic hand May 4.

FOB KALSU, Iraq " A Soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, surprised an Iraqi soldier this month with a gift of a prosthetic hand donated from a private source.

Maj. Steven Bauer, brigade surgeon, 2nd BCT, presented the gift to Lt. Ceasar Hamed Hassan, military intelligence officer, 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division, during a surprise meeting at Forward Operating Base Iskandariyah.

"It is a satisfying end to a long process," said Bauer. "I am happy it works and it fits Hassan perfectly."

Hassan lost his left hand when his vehicle collided with two separate vehicles loaded with bombs during a routine patrol. He also lost his comrades; all the other soldiers inside his vehicle died in the explosion.

Iraqi doctors treated Hassan for extensive shrapnel wounds and tramatic injuries to his left hand and arm. After much debate, his doctors recommended amputation near his shoulder to stop the gangrene and infection from advancing to the rest of his body. Army doctors consulted with the Iraqi doctors and recommended amputating below the forearm to preserve most of the arm, giving Hassan the opportunity to use a prosthetic hand in the future.

Despite the ordeal, Hassan said he continues to push forward and see life with a positive outlook, willing to learn new ways of doing old things.

"I am going to spend some time getting used to the new hand," said Hassan. "I have been able to learn to shoot weapons with one hand, but now it will be easier for me to practice with my new hand."

Hassan concluded, "I am very grateful for the gift the Coalition Forces have given me. I want to thank them for taking time to help me with my situation. I know it took a long time to make something like this possible. I am very thankful."


Connected Media
ImagesProsthetic
Maj. Steven Bauer, brigade surgeon, Headquarters and...
ImagesProsthetic
Lt. Cessar Hamed Hassn, military intelligence officer,...


Web Views
54
Downloads
10

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Iraqi soldier receives prosthetic arm after colliding with 2 VBIEDs, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:05.22.2006

Date Posted:05.22.2006 12:17

Location:ISKANDARIYAH, IQGlobe

More Like This

  • A medical trip to became an extended stay for one 1st Brigade Combat Team Soldier escorting an injured Iraqi Policeman to the Prosthetic Center in Baghdad.
  • Soldiers of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. Division-Center, delivered boxes of prosthetic limbs July 19 to the Adamiyah Hospital, a rehabilitative hospital in the Baghdad area.
  • A dentist with the 502nd Dental Company helped an injured Iraqi man lead a more normal life by manufacturing a prosthetic eye and then implanting it at the Air Force Theater Hospital on Dec. 22.
  • Johnathan Holsey is a runner. 

The Army warrant officer often logs two to three miles per day at Fort Gilliem, Ga., to keep fit for military duty - not bad for a soldier with a prosthetic leg.

News Tags

No tags found.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr