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CBS Correspondent Dozier Leaves Hospital

Aug 3, 2006  •  Post A Comment

CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier left the hospital Wednesday, two months after she was critically injured during a bomb attack in Baghdad. She’ll continue her rehabilitation as an outpatient.

“Folks, I’m leaving hospitals behind, ahead of the deadline, or at least ahead of schedule,” Ms. Dozier wrote to colleagues in a statement CBS News released Thursday. “I’ve had a couple setbacks, and I still face a couple minor surgeries, but overall, the prognosis is far better than the docs had hoped just after I’d reached Germany.”

Ms. Dozier was traveling with the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Baghdad on May 29 when she was hurt in a bomb blast. Cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan were killed in the explosion.

She was treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. On July 17, she was moved to Kernan Hospital, a rehabilitation facility in the Baltimore area.

Along the way, she endured about a dozen surgeries, including one that lasted 11 hours.

“Just a few weeks later, I’m up on crutches and can even manage with a cane. It’s not pretty, but I’m walking on my own-and that, I also owe, to some hard-driving therapists at Kernan Hospital in Maryland, who kept saying, ‘Now try this,'” she wrote. “The next step: continued outpatient rehab to get my body used to being in motion full-time.”

Ms. Dozier’s statement paid tribute to her colleagues and the military men who died in the blast.

“I’ve learned slowly how close I came to joining my friends,” she wrote, referring to the two crew men who lost their lives. “Not a day goes by without thinking of Paul and James-two of the most remarkable characters I’ve ever known. The last I saw Paul and James, they were rushing from their humvee to ‘get the shot’ of a young U.S. Army Captain, James Funkhouser, Jr., greeting Iraqi locals at a streetside tea stand. The bomb hit all three of them, together with an Iraqi liaison officer, and took all four lives.”

Ms. Dozier thanked the military men whose quick actions saved her life: “Sgt. Mootoosamy-who took charge of the scene, with his commander down and many of his men injured-and medic Spc. Flores, who patched me up. Even with a car bomb cooking off, sending shrapnel through the air just a couple dozen feet from us, Spc. Flores just kept calmly speaking to me and working on my legs-no wavering, no pause.”