Over 400 US soldiers in hospital in Germany

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15 November 2004 , LANDSTUHL - The biggest US military hospital abroad, at Landstuhl in western Germany, has admitted 419 sick and wounded American soldiers over a seven-day span, many of them wounded in the battle of Fallujah, a spokeswoman said. "They've mainly got gunshot wounds and burns," said Marie Shaw of the 223 who were casualties of battle. Most had been hurt at Fallujah, but others had been in service in Afghanistan. She had no precise figures. "We don't go from bed to bed asking each patient wh

15 November 2004

LANDSTUHL - The biggest US military hospital abroad, at Landstuhl in western Germany, has admitted 419 sick and wounded American soldiers over a seven-day span, many of them wounded in the battle of Fallujah, a spokeswoman said.

"They've mainly got gunshot wounds and burns," said Marie Shaw of the 223 who were casualties of battle. Most had been hurt at Fallujah, but others had been in service in Afghanistan. She had no precise figures.

"We don't go from bed to bed asking each patient where they have been serving," she said.

Colonel Rhonda Cornum said the proportion of patients at Landstuhl with battle wounds had increased last week to about half. In previous months the fraction ran at about a quarter. The rest of the patients are those who fall seriously ill while on military service.

The tally of 419 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center was counted from 8 November  with 104 arriving by air on Thursday alone. Saturday's intake was 70, Shaw said.

The spokeswoman added about half the wounded were US Army personnel and 38 percent were members of the US Marines.

The clinic, which has 150 regular beds and can double capacity when needed, caters to Americans whose wounds are too grave to be adequately treated at field hospitals in Iraq.

Shaw said 196 patients had been transferred from Landstuhl to hospitals in the United States for further care.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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