I discussed one of these cases with Dr. Shane McNamee, medical director for polytrauma at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va.
A soldier was under McNamee's care for eight or nine months; he
was horribly wounded with both legs blown off, a shattered pelvis, a deep arm gash, an open abdomen, severe head wounds, spinal cord injuries and acute anxiety.
"One of the most gruesome things I've seen in medicine,'' McNamee
This case had a good outcome, McNamee
After seven months of intensive care and rehabilitation, the soldier was transferred home, where he
has daily visits from medical and rehab specialists and is learning to dress and feed himself.
will not advance much beyond that ability, doctors said.
"How do you fix a guy like that?
You can't,'' McNamee