|The Casualties of Acinetobacter baumannii, MRSA and more...
Acinetobacter infections are not required to be reported. These names and stories are collected from local news articles and researched. Many soldiers and contractors
were infected nosocomially (in the hospital) after being very seriously wounded. In some cases the infection may have caused the death. In other cases the infection and
it's treatment with toxic drugs may have contributed to the death by wearing the body down. Other soldiers and civilians have survived acinetobacter infections but lost limbs
that might otherwise have been saved, suffered permanent hearing and equilibrium damage, suffered liver and/or kidney damage, and endured prolonged recovery times.
Think of it as undergoing chemotherapy to stop a cancer on top of already suffering from serious injuries.
In November, Duane Hospenthal, an infectious-disease expert at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas and a consultant to the Army Surgeon General, said, that he believes
there is little cause for concern. "It's a low-grade, low-virulence pathogen that can be recovered from soil and water. Without having it blasted into you or your being
immunocompromised, it's not going to hurt you. We still see acinetobacter, but now that it's been recognized, people are less excited about it here.
" It's hard for me to even understand if this is a big issue."
Mr. Hospenthal, why don't you to go to these soldiers, contractors, journalists, and their families and tell them that ?
"about half of those with extremity injuries develop significant infections that require additional treatment and surgery,
which often leads to amputation"
The "hero" was rebounding, too. Then an infection set in and he died.
"In my mind, I'm just thinking they're cutting my child away, one day at a time,"
Cytokine Dysregulation, often called Cytokine Storm, can occur in cases of Gram Negative infections. Acinetobacter is a gram negative bacteria. Many of the deaths of the
wounded soldiers are preceeded by a spike in body temperature.
Merlin Clark July 2003
Contractor, blast wounds, went through Dogwood, Landstuhl,
Walter Reed, and on to civilian hospital in Orlando Florida. Tested
positive for MDR Acinetobacter baumannii six days into the military
One month on inipenem 1gram every six hours, two months on
merepenum 1 gram every 8 hours under civilian doctors and
overdosed on Amikacin at three months with Ototoxic reaction and
permanent damage. The Amikacin overdosing was done by a
The inipenum they were giving at Walter Reed had been proven to
be less effective and more dangerous than merepenum back in
On September 6, 2006, due to continuing problems with infection,
Williams underwent amputation surgery on his leg.
Thanks to Bob and Lee Woodruff's sharing their story on Larry
King we know that he also had AB both as pneumonia and sepsis.
KING: Did you ever think, Lee, that Bob might be gone?
L. WOODRUFF: Yes, I did. I did. It was touch and go when they first
had him in surgery. And then a second nightmare occurred which
happens to a lot of the soldiers, sepsis and pneumonia because
he was in such a -- his body was in such an embattled state and
there say bacteria that soldiers are bringing back from Iraqi soil.
The esenito (ph) bacterium. And it is so advanced and so
unknown here that they have actually had to pull out antibiotics
from World War II to fight it, it is such a tough strain. And Bob had
every kind of anti-bottom nick his body and they told me if he did
survive, he would probably have organ damage from the strength
Peter was at Bethesda then Tampa VA and was fighting a MRSA
infection while trying to recover from these grievous wounds.
The attack left him without his left eye and with partial paralysis on
his left side, a badly wounded right leg and shrapnel in his head
and body. He spent more than five months in two military hospitals
after being flown to Germany.
The latest victim is a 26-year-old man who has been hospitalized
at Lee Memorial Hospital since an Oct. 23 car crash, according to
his aunt, Sheila Bozeman, who contacted The News-Press on
Tuesday. Kenny Bozeman developed an infection caused by
Duckworth's right arm was in jeopardy and needed repair. For
stretches during November and December, she was having
surgery every other day to improve the blood flow and to fight a
Staff Sargeant Matt Keil
The bullet left him with an aneurism that doctors are anxious to
repair. But they don't want to attempt that surgery until they can
clear up an infection that has been spiking Sergeant Keil's
A story about Andrew
We don't know who Andrew is but we do know he is a soldier
recovering from injuries suffered in Iraq. This is a highly likely case
of AB, no confirmation.
" he had lost both his legs, gone into cardiac arrest, had a bacterial
infection, pneumonia, a blood infection, and problems with his
lungs and kidneys. "
Marine Corporal David Emory Jr
Spiritual Warfare Needed
"They had him on a respirator, fighting infection, fever, kidney
failure and other problems for a time before he stabilized enough
(just barely) to make the flight to Germany"
Update Marine Hurt in Iraq Develops Complications
" he has developed a blood infection that is causing veins and
other blood vessels to collapse, said Connie Emery, the injured
"It's breaking his body down," she said in a telephone interview
Update Wounded Marine from Bellafonte rushed into surgery
The mother of a Bellefonte man and U.S. Marine cricially wounded
while serving in Iraq is asking for prayers after her son was rushed
into surgery this morning to remove his left leg, shattered in a
suicide bomb attack in Anbar province.\
The left leg, in which the femur was shattered, had to be removed
to fight an infection that his threatening Emery's life, his mother said
Update Infection Taking Over
It indicates a blood infection raging in the Marine who, just days
ago, was able to communicate with loved ones by pointing to
letters of the alphabet or mouthing words when he was not hooked
Update Infection takes other leg
Today we learned that on Sunday, they took him into emergency
surgery to amputate his right leg. They are still battling the
infection, and his mother and wife remain by his side. We'll try to
get more of an update later.
DJ was scheduled to go back to the OR today for his typical
routine. They are hoping it doesn't take the toll on his body that it
has been and that he returns to the good state he was in yesterday.
Army Specialist Niles Lavey
Lavey also had what Johnson calls 'sand fever', an infection that
often sets in open wounds in Iraq. Doctors weren't sure if Lavey
would make it through the night. But he did.
Major K.C. Shuring
But the one that hit his left thigh almost cost him his leg, shattering
his thighbone in three up near his hip. An infection nearly did the
rest until it was brought under control by antibiotics.
Cpl. John Lockwood
They stabilized him in an alley near his burning Humvee, then
rushed him to Fallujah Surgical, where Navy doctors tended his
wounds. He woke briefly at some point, then spent the next two
weeks in a medically induced coma while surgeons opened his
wounds every 48 hours to clean them. The frequent surgeries help
Lance Corp Derrick Sharpe Sept 24,2006
Sharpe was in a coma. Shrapnel had torn through his abdomen. A
chunk of his right leg was missing. Her son was on the brink of
death and infections spread through Sharpe’s body. Doctors
performed daily surgeries to try to save his life.
Sharpe made it through, and his condition improved in the coming
weeks. Though still in a coma, he was moved stateside to
Bethesda Naval Hospital. Then, one day doctors placed another
distressed call to Sheets. They asked permission to remove his
leg. The infection resurfaced and was spreading fast.
Army Sgt. Paul Gillilan
The recovery, however, has not been without complications.
He had an infection in his leg, and his wound has to heal before
the remaining part of his leg can be prepared for being fitted for an
The 25-year-old Hanson native’s recovery has been slower than
he hoped. There have been ups and downs. Infections in his left
leg have stalled his efforts to walk.
Doctors said this past week that the problems were caused by
osteomyelitis, an inflammation of the bone and bone marrow that
is usually caused by a bacterial infection. Fountaine has begun a
six-week course of antibiotics.
Injured last September when his Humvee was ambushed by a
remote-detonated roadside bomb, and three-times revived when
he should have been dead, Parsons lost his right leg in the blast
and later had his left leg amputated because of infection.
First Lt John Fernandez
Arriving at Walter Reed, feet swathed in thick bandages, he figured
he was in for some serious reconstructive surgery.
But the wounds were grievous, and infection set in.
Twelve surgeries later, John Fernandez is a double amputee.
Sgt. Don Peters (2003)
Peters suffered a broken pelvis, femur and ribs and had a hole in
his side. He is at home with his wife and three children, but still
has a lot of pain from an infection and a leg that's numb from the
Sgt. Eric Edmundson
Six months later, after intense physical rehab and an infection that
made control of his limbs futile, his morale hit bottom.
Marine Pfc. Arturo Weber
After stops at a field hospital, a hospital in Baghdad and treatment
at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, Weber arrived
at Bethesda April 15.
Several surgeries have been performed, including one Saturday,
when Carrillo said doctors worked on an additional wound found in
Doctors had tried to save Larson's leg, but an infection forced them
to amputate the bottom portion. Larson had an extended recovery
at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Staff Sergeant Chad Jukes
Jukes' Humvee was struck by an anti-tank mine shattering his
heal and femur. The injury soon became infected. "Based upon
the amount of damage done and the severity of infection, I chose
to have it amputated."
Pulido spent the next 40 days in intensive care. His body weight
dropped dangerously low due to severe infection caused by his
injuries. Pulido was forced to make the choice of a lifetime.
"I had to make the decision that it was either to live or to die. And
that decision was, well you know which one I chose. That was to
basically continue to live, but without my left leg," says Pulido.
Army Spc. Jesus Edgardo Bustamante Jr.
In Germany, "Edgar" developed an intestinal infection and a raging
106-degree fever. On March 24, doctors told his family he might
not make it back to the United States.
Senior Airman Michael Fletcher
Fletcher had more than 60 hospital check-ups and tests and
needed three hospital stays, including a 16-hour emergency
operation to deal with a wound infection.
Fletcher fought a serious infection
But the decision about surgery was put off when doctors found an
infection in the elbow. The bone was so infected that some of it
looked like cottage cheese. Doctors scraped it out and removed all
the pins and brackets that seemed to aggravate the frequent
Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob
Doctors were anticipating earlier this week that they may have to
amputate Jacob’s leg because of infection. But on Tuesday, during
a washing out surgery, the doctors decided everything looked
Pvt Travis Webb
Pvt. Travis Webb lost both legs and had to return to the hospital
two months after his discharge because of an infection.
Staff Sgt Nathan Reed
Plus, I had a bad infection goin', which is, they say, is common to
most of the guys that are getting injured in Iraq," Reed said.
Lance Corporal Jacob Leicht
On Memorial Day, the doctor said the skin graft had taken 100
percent,” said his mother, Shirly Leicht. “However, infection leading
to amputation is still a real possibility, therefore Jacob will undergo
another four weeks of intravenous antibiotic therapy to prevent that
Hall lost 10 teeth and suffered a broken back with three fractured
vertebrae, a badly broken arm that needed to be reinforced with a
rod, third-degree burns to his hands that required skin grafts, a
damaged lung infected with pneumonia and -- perhaps most
serious of all -- a dangerous pocket of fluid on his brain.
Sgt Shane Cox
"There's still more in his leg, but they don't know if they can get it
out. He may have to live with it there. There was a pocket of
infection, but they were able to get that out of his leg."
There have been setbacks, most seriously an infection in his left
leg that stalled his efforts to walk with prosthetic legs.
Army Spc. Travis Sigmon
On Friday morning, infection in his lungs was becoming an issue,
his father said, "from all the shrapnel he had in him.
"Local Soldier's Condition Worsens
Spc. Travis Sigmon is suffering from an infection on top of the
injuries he received from an explosive.
Staff Sgt Daniel Metzdorf
Staff Sergeant Daniel Metzdorf, wounded soldier: "It's a big
explosion. You got dirt, you got bacteria, you got everything, rocks,
everything goes inside, and it went inside my leg."
Losing a limb wasn't Daniel's only problem.
Sgt. Metzdorf: "Infection is probably your worst enemy after a big
blast like this."
Like most patients in the infectious disease ward at Walter Reed
Army Medical Center, Jon Harris has an "A" written next to his
name on the white board by the nursing desk. The 23-year-old
Army specialist had a leg amputated below the knee after a
roadside bomb attack in Iraq.
But the capital letter indicates another medical problem that
increasingly worries military doctors - an infection from a resilient
bug known as Acinetobacter.
Marine Jason Keough
Jason was injured in the first days of the war. Bone infection set
back healing. Blamed on him having to
Lance Cpl Lukas Bell
Since arriving at the hospital, Wolff has helped Bell through many
an energy-draining procedure such as the daily cleansing of his
Marine Lance Cpl Ryan Autrey
Autery's recovery did not go smoothly. The amputation was
complicated to treat. One operation took 10 hours. At another
point, a skin graft failed, and he had to have his stump sutured to
his side to promote a new graft. He also suffered a bacterial
infection and then a reaction to antibiotics, his mother said.
Inert in his bed, the 29-year-old Marine reservist is a survivor of an
Iraq car bombing and a fearsome scramble of wounds: profound
brain injury, arm and facial fractures, third-degree burns, tenacious
infections of the central nervous system.
Marine Cpl Shaun Locker
to NNMC in Bethesda. There, doctors found that what was left of his
arm after the amputation had been infected with Acinetobacter.
Lt. Dawn Halfaker
Six days later, Halfaker was a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical
Center here, about to lose her arm to a life-threatening infection.
Travis had his left arm amputated, suffered internal injuries and
two broken legs. Now his family said their son has pneumonia.
CWO 3 Claude Boushey
Moved later to Tripler Army Medical Center, the Schofield Barracks
pilot found out something else: He had tested positive for antibiotic-
resistant bacteria known as Acinetobacter baumanii.
SPC Shane Vincent
He also has pneumonia.
His stomach is healing well but it isn’t closed all the way because
of the infection.”
Captain Daniel Gade
The parents of a Minot Army soldier who was seriously wounded in
Iraq say Captain Daniel Gade is fighting an infection in his
abdomen. His mother, Erica, says Gade is struggling and looked
like he might die.
Corporal Jeffrey Baily
Bailey's brain is swelling, and every time doctors reduce the
amount of drugs he's taking, the swelling increases. Swellings
usually peak 72 hours after an injury, but the three were wounded
11 days ago, Brisebois said.
Bailey also has an infection that's resistant to drugs
Pte. William Salikin
He also has an infection
Sgt David "Paddy" Caldwell
A soldier who was shot in the neck in Afghanistan contracted
MRSA at a Birmingham hospital. Sgt David "Paddy" Caldwell, 32,
was diagnosed with the superbug at Selly Oak's Royal Centre for
Defence Medicine soon after transferring from a field hospital.
Staff Sergeant Robert Hughes
Hughes began an intensive chemotherapy regiment at WRAMC
and experienced the usual side-effects such as nausea and
vomiting. However, a central intravenous line used to administer
drugs became infected. During a week of hospitalization, his
temperature remained at more than 105 degrees.
With Hughes’ immune system damaged by chemotherapy, the
infection quickly spread throughout his bloodstream. He became
septic. The effects of the infection eventually led to a massive
coronary. Other life-threatening medical problems such as liver
and renal failure followed.
Pvt Adrian Garcia
"My gallbladder became inflamed and they had to remove it, and
that set me back," said Garcia
Army Corporal Tim Ngo
He celebrated surgery in September that brought an artificial plate
and an end to the device.
A week later, when an infection took hold, Ngo refused to let
surgeons remove the plate.
As the infection spread to his face, surgeons pressured his mother
to sign for him. She declined. Her son had already lost too much
control. She did what mothers do _ cajoled until he gave in.
Sgt Kevin Downs
wounded in Iraq on April 13, 2005.
and on October 25, 2006 he has a new infection
He lost both legs. He was home for a visit in July. Kevin Downs is
suffering with a new infection in his left upper arm and there is a
possibility that he may lose that arm. Besides being in tremendous
pain, he is discouraged and depressed.
Army Spc Alroy Billman
The Army originally planned to get the family into Army
He said his surgeon needed to reclose his wound after he
caught an infection, which Spc. Billiman described as a
“speedbump” in his recovery.
Still, his doctors wanted him to leave the hospital to reduce
the chances of his getting another infection, he said.
First Lt. Scott Quilty
"Doctors had to amputate a portion of one of Quilty's arms, and part
of one leg.
He is really battling infection, so he has a very high fever. He is still
in critical condition
Spec Charles Woolwine
Woolwine is almost infection-free, so he should be fitting for
prosthesis in the coming weeks.
Sgt Irene Cornett
Sgt. Irene Cornett spent a year in treatment for a wrist injury that
occurred when a tent rope snapped. After a bad infection, doctors
fused the bone, leaving her with 10 percent movement and
eligible for disability pay, according to her hand surgeon. But the
officer who summarized Cornett's medical records to determine
her eligibility for disability payments reported she had twice as
much movement, ultimately disqualifying her from a
Marine 2nd Lt Andrew Kinard
He lost most of his left leg and his right leg just above the knee,
and has spent the last month at the National Naval Medical Center
in Bethesda, Md., fighting infection, pneumonia and kidney failure.
He has had to undergo extensive surgery on a regular basis.
Marine Corporal Kenny Lyon
Once he is stabilized he will be flown to Walter Reed Hospital in
Washington, but infection is the big threat to his life now. Every
wound has the possibility of becoming infected and every infection
can be life threatening.
Nicholas Gilliver (UK)
But worse was to come. After Christmas, Nicholas, who had been
on a second tour of duty in Iraq, developed a serious infection.
Bacteria from the soil in Iraq had entered his blood stream from
And our prayers are with Kevin and his parents B & K... Kev has a
serious blood infection which he acquired in Afghanistan and is not
responding to treatment...
SFC Richard C Robertson
But there was another hurdle to overcome. For several weeks, he
ran a low grade fever because of a fungus that set up in one of his
shrapnel wounds. More surgery was needed to clean out the
he also suffered an acute respiratory infection in his lungs,
by bacteria in the Iraqi soil.
Two weeks earlier, just as he sensed he was making progress
healing, an infection flared up and remained untamed by
ARMY SPEC. Michael Brown
He needs a cane to walk and faces more surgery, including a 10-
hour operation in September to treat a bone infection and
Sgt Merlin German
How in the world did this Marine survive, rebound from infections,
and manage to exceed doctors' expectations so many times?
Maj James Browning Jr
Four times, surgeons at Bethesda have attempted to replace the
half of Browning’s skull, which had to be removed when he had a
stroke, in order to relieve swelling of his brain.
Four times, infection forced them to remove the plate.
Browning was hoping to have surgery to replace the plate again
later this month. But he just got the news he must wait until
October, to lessen the chances of another infection.
He was left paralyzed after a small pox vaccination changed his
"Recovery has been ups and downs so far, you know. Like right
now, I'm toward a peak of where I had been back in January. I'm
doing as good as I was back in January and, you know, it just goes
up and down and hopefully it won't go down after this."
Joe had MDRAB twice confirmed by his mother.
Cpl Dan Lasko
Navy medics cleaned out the wound back at base, then he
shipped out to Landstuhl, Germany, where surgeons removed his
foot. When he returned stateside to Bethesda, he got an infection
and doctors reamputated, just below his knee. He was angry at
first, then came to terms with his wound.
Scot is now back on 4 different antibiotics. The doctors are having
a hard time pin-pointing the infection. Scot does not have a fever
his blood pressure is great. The infectious disease doctors are
coming in on Monday to help determine the
Scot's white blood cell count is up to 14 today, so they are
increasing the amount of antibiotics he is getting. He has some
thick gunky stuff he is coughing up and they are worried about
pneumonia. We will get the culture results back early next week.
Few weeks later
Scot has CDif, an intestinal infection, so the poor guy just is not
feeling really well right now.
A reconstructive surgery above his lip last summer resulted in
multiple infections, skin graft sites that did not heal properly and
weeks in the hospital.
Some of that time, he said, he had to share a room with two other
people, including one with a terrible cough.
A vacuum machine that sucks out infection and injects oxygen is
attached to his injured leg as he shuttles between hospitals and
.Finally!!! The bleeding has stop, no fever, and the infection is
much more under control, however, the medication for the infection
will continue for a few more days. Doctors want to make sure all the
bugs are gone.
Nick Bennett has been there, too. Through two hazy, painful
months at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md.
Through 27 surgical procedures. Through septic shock and
Army National Guard Spc. Ryan McCallum
At Fort Bragg, an orthopedic surgeon performed surgery on his
hand, which was then swollen and filled with infection.
Sgt Matt Lammers
Infection was a constant threat. High fevers raged, and drugs didn't
dull the pain.
Over 13 months at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in
Washington, Bartlett endured 17 surgeries. He learned to walk
with cutting-edge prosthetic legs then fought an infection that kept
him in a wheelchair for six months.
Marine Lance Corporal Brian Chambers
He said he had accepted the VA's plan for his son to go to the
Tampa VA facility for rehabilitation, but it did not go well. Brian's
wounds were re-infected, resulting in a considerable setback.
"The conditions on the floor were horrible. It was dirty. Our son
developed a bedsore from not being moved enough and then it
became infected," said Ryan
Sgt Jimmy King
King was faced with the amputation of his leg or losing his life.
“When I first got to Bethesda, at that point in time, I was the worse
case of infection they’d ever seen,” King said. “Obviously, they took
Kamps, now a Montana State University student, said the VA
wouldn't let him get tooth implants from a Bozeman dentist but
required that he travel to Salt Lake City. After he returned to
Bozeman, an infection that felt as big as a softball sent him to the
emergency room, where he needed intravenous antibiotics.
Marine Sgt. Greg Edwards
But he recently developed an infection that forced his return to
Capt. Michael Liesmann
On tour in Iraq, Capt. Michael Liesmann likely picked up a
superbug when he put his finger in his eye under questionable
Recovering later at Fort Sam Houston, he endured liver and kidney
failure, partial hearing, vision and short-term memory loss, among
other ailments. He has had more than 30 surgeries in his titanium-
Staff Sgt. Terry Rathbun Jr.
Rathbun will undergo surgery again next month for an infection in
YAKIMA, Wash - A solider from Selah severely wounded in Iraq two
years ago was suppose to return to Yakima today, but an urinary
track infection prevented him from traveling
U.S. Army Spc. Tamicia McCutcheon.
Earlier this year, he didn't think she would live through a staff
infection that she'd picked up during her 15-month tour of duty in
Henry and Earnestine McKinzie flew to a military hospital in
Germany to say goodbye to their granddaughter. After she was in a
coma for two months, doctors had said she would recover.
In May, an infection forced doctors to remove part of Fleming’s
small intestine and colon. He has been on and off a ventilator. In
August, he caught pneumonia, and he still is receiving oxygen to
aid his breathing.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Metzdorf
He told the audience of 150 the story of his struggle with life-
threatening infection and his battle to stay on active duty in the Army
Army Spc. Kevin Mowl
Their reports say he has been awake more often in recent days
after being treated for a brain infection
1st Lt. Andrew Kinard
After spending almost a year at the National Naval Medical Center
in Bethesda, Md., and “67 units of blood, multiple cardiac arrests,
infections, pneumonia and kidney failure,” you’re still here today,”
He continues to undergo surgery to repair injuries and fight
infection and fungus at Walter Reed Hospital
One day when Pisey suffered sharp kidney pain, Dara carried him
PFC Justin Pinna
Complications due to infection and blood clots made his
prognosis dicey for quite a while after he arrived at Walter Reed,
Mary Jesse Herrera
I had a real bad infection and there wasn't any bone or muscle left."
His medical problems were far from over. His damaged liver
developed pockets of infection, causing bile to leak into his
stomach — a problem that initially went undetected.
Blake says her son developed a serious infection, which required
surgery to remove the bone flap from one side of his head. She
says if she didn't insist on tests, doctors never would have
diagnosed it in time. Blake finally transferred her son to a private
hospital in Seattle
Navy Medic Christopher Braley
He has spent the past two months at the National Naval Medical
Center in Bethesda, Md. Doctors there are treating him for an
infection around a titanium plate in his brow that could require
more surgery if it does not respond to medicine, said his
grandmother, Jane Braley.
Polilce Chief Jose Pequeño
The news was from Washington, where Sugar Hill's police chief
had contracted an infection in his hospital bed.
Army Reserve 1st Sgt. Bill Krawczyk
They discovered it was Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus, a drug-resistant skin infection commonly found on
soldiers in Iraq. Krawczyk was given intravenous vancomycin --
one of the most powerful antibiotics.
Despite the vancomycin, Krawczyk developed another cyst on his
stomach in December 2005. It was also lanced and drained.
Army 1st Lt Melissa Stockwell
Her left leg was torn away just below the knee, but infection soon
ravaged her leg. Surgeons had to saw off the damaged tissue,
leaving her with just six inches of limb.
As often happens in complex surgery, Hyland developed an
infection. The sore in one foot lingered for more than a month.
Doctors said they might need to amputate, but on Thanksgiving
Day the family learned the infection had begun to ebb.
Dr. Slobodan Jazarevic
but infection eventually forced him to undergo surgery at the main
Army hospital he helped reorganize in Landstuhl, Germany.
1LT Erasmo Valles USMC
They tried from March 31st of 2004 through January to keep his
right leg. Finally, because of infections he decided to have his leg
Doctors had to amputate his left leg after infection caused his
arteries to collapse.
The start of his treatment was delayed by an infection
She says the worst was when doctors and nurses ignored her for
days after she discovered swelling on Brandon's head. "I said 'did
you look at the site that was swollen?' he said 'yes I did.' I said
'then how on earth could you not notice that his skull has opened
and pus is coming from it?'"
An infection had penetrated Brandon's skull. Emergency surgery
removed the infection along with part of Brandon's skull. As soon
as she could, Blake transfered her son to Swedish Medical Center
Army Stf Sarg Dan Nevins
Nevins was in such "excruciating" pain that he went to the
. A six-week regimen of "hard-core" antibiotics made him feel
At Baptist Medical Center, doctors discovered that antibiotics had
damaged his colon, and it looked as if he'd have to have a piece of
On Jan. 23, after several years of chronic pain and recurring bone
infections, doctors at Walter Reed removed Nevins' other leg
below the knee. A six-week regimen of "hard-core" antibiotics
made him feel "wiped out."
He faces several months of recovery and rehabilitation.
Staff Sgt. (retired) Andrew Robinson
Robinson was back in the hospital last week for his first annual
checkup and to have metal tibial nails removed from his right leg,
where he has been battling an infection.
Robinson was injured June 20, 2006
After being treated at the National Naval Medical Center in
Bethesda, Md., and a Veterans Affairs hospital in Tampa, Fla., he
was moved to a VA facility in San Diego for physical therapy.
AND THIS GUY IS STILL FIGHTING INFECTION
The burn doctors have done numerous skin grafts and fought the
infection that has been a constant threat
Sgt. Michael Sarro
Kelly Sarro recalls that a Beaumont surgeon gave her husband a
wrenching choice: to have his foot amputated, or to go through
months of operations and pain - and still risk losing the limb to
Marine Corp Dan Lasko
''I had surgery in Germany, then while flying back to the U.S. an
infection set in and they had to go higher on the leg,'' he said.
Marine Joshua Hoffman
On Jan. 16, doctors summoned family members. Spinal fluid was
leaking into his wound and causing infection. His fever spiked to
more than 108 degrees.
"We were told he had 12 hours to live," Hazel Hoffman said. "They
said to fly the family in to say goodbye to him."
The blast cost him his left leg and severely damaged his right. As
he recovered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he fought
repeated bouts of infection and depression. "The optimism just
came crashing down," Groves explained. "It's a pretty damn
Ian Hamilton (UK)
Ian was stationed in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan and
while in hospital after being caught up in a road-side bomb,
caught a serious secondary infection –and was treated in
Sgt. James T. Hackemer
An infection in the remaining portion of Army Sgt. James T.
Hackemer’s left leg prompted doctors to remove the rest of the
limb up to his hip, family members said Thursday.
“It was really a touch-and-go situation. We were told that they were
removing the rest of his leg because the infection was spreading
to the rest of his body, and it was affecting his brain waves,” said
John Hackemer Jr., the father of the Town of Collins service
Greene's apparent depression was but one factor in a host of
setbacks that were soon to follow.
Already, he had been through one episode of pneumonia brought
on by Acinetobacter baumannii, an antibiotic-resistant superbug
commonplace among the wounded of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now
a second bout was taking hold in his already weakened lungs.
Greene's condition plunged further still in May, after a failed
attempt to restore the top of his head with cranioplasty surgery, a
procedure involving the application of two synthetic plates to his
skull. Within two days of the operation, Greene was in intense
distress and collapsed in his wheelchair, aspirating into his lungs
and triggering the renewed onset of pneumonia.
"You can imagine how we felt. Suddenly our son is back in
intensive care with pneumonia for a second time. It was a big, big,
big setback. It was huge.
Sgt Brett Weldon
The Army logistics soldier served more than five years with tours in
Korea and Iraq. He walks with a limp now, as he sustained
multiple injuries and infection to his right leg. With 10 surgeries in
two years, he said he feels like he’s been trapped living inside his
home and in the hospital.
Army Sgt Dennis Cline
Cline lost his hand in Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2006, when his
vehicle came under small-arms fire. In the hospital half of his
forearm had to be amputated. After a year as an outpatient at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he and his family moved to Fort
Carson, just south of Colorado Springs.
Dennis was rehospitalized because of an infection.
“The problem came when they removed my hand. Because of the
metal rods in my hand, I got a serious infection. I had to get on
Tomas and his family have been on a medical rollercoaster ride,
in an out of the I.C.U., with rapid improvements followed by sudden
set-backs. Tomas began to improve and was talking and cracking
more jokes when he was struck with an infection that left him back
in an unresponsive state in intensive care.
Cpl. Jeremiah N. Luttmer
The 23-year-old corporal received shrapnel to the back of his
ankle, breaking two bones. More than 3 centimeters of bone had to
be removed, and bone from his hip was grafted into his foot. He is
also still battling an infection.
US Army Maj Anthony Smith
Smith has endured more than 30 surgical procedures to
reconstruct his abdomen, the remains of his right arm, his burned
face and the gaping wound in his hip, now painfully infected.
Once, when stitches broke, the heel got so badly infected that it
took five months to heal. Then his body rejected the pins placed
inside the foot, and he was hospitalized another four months to
treat a new infection.
Sgt Merlin German
Though he died unexpectedly after a surgery
last week, the indomitable spirit of Sgt. Merlin
German lives on at Brooke Army Medical
Center, friends and family members said
during a touching tribute to the Marine called
the "Miracle Man."
Burn patient Merlin German with Lt. Gen.
James F. Amos during a promotion ceremony
last May at BAMC. The cause of the sergeant's
death was pending the return of autopsy
Sgt Collin Bowen
Staff Sgt. Collin Bowen, a Marion native and
1988 graduate of Marion High School, died
early Friday at the Brooke Army Medical Center
in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The online journal has reported during the past
two weeks that Collin’s critical-but-stable
condition had become more distressed. He
had his final of many emergency surgeries
Tuesday to repair damage to tissue in his
abdomen, which had become infected.
US Army Spc Kevin Mowl
His family said that after seven months of
intense operations, Kevin was too weak to fight
a sudden infection.
Kevin had been fighting MDR Ab from his first
few days in the miiltary evacuation system
Pfc. Duncan Charles Crookston
He had slipped in and out of conciousness
these past few months at BAMC, but recently
developed an infection followed by a fever, his
mother said. "Everyone hoped for the best, but
he was always just kind in and out and kept
getting infections," said Estevan Ruiz, 20, of
Denver, a longtime friend of Crookston.
Sergeant Frank Sandoval
Contributions to a fund to benefit Sandoval's 5-
year-old daughter can be sent in the name of
Joelena Sandoval, account number 64756, AEA
Federal Credit Union, 1780 S. First Ave., Yuma,
There was a contributing factor to his
growing anger. Frank was getting sick.
In late July, his head began swelling again and
became red. Michelle was the first to notice
something was wrong. Tests confirmed that he
had contracted a dangerous bacterial infection
known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus, or MRSA, which is common in hospital
A tired-looking Skirboll, the surgeon, arrived
and told Michelle that he had removed the
infected bone flap. In six months, they could put
in another prosthesis.
A portrait in perseverance, soldier slips away
The Sandovals returned to Palo Alto earlier this
month from their home in Yuma so Frank could
have surgery to implant an artificial "bone flap"
— a prosthesis that would replace the portion
of his skull lost in the November 2005
Initially, the June 12 surgery appeared to have
been a success. But when he did not awaken
soon after the operation, a CT scan revealed
massive swelling of the brain. Sandoval
immediately underwent a second surgery to
remove the flap, as well as another portion of
his skull, to relieve the pressure.
The reason for the swelling remains unclear,
and Sandoval never regained consciousness.
Spec Ethan J Biggers
This DOD press release lists Ethan's death as
being caused by his injuries sustained in Iraq.
In the day's before his death his fever spiked to
104. He had been battling infection.
A Long Goodbye
Johnathan's fever spiked in the last days before
Like many who are wounded in Iraq, he's had a
tenacious but mysterious infection that has
been causing a fever. His abdominal wounds
are not healing, and his mother reports that he
has often been near death in the last week.
Johnathan is still fighting for his life. Every time
he starts to do a little better, He has a major
setback... Johnathan has a big hole in his
abdomen. The Doctor said it was like sewing
up wet toilet paper. Again Johnathan surprised
the Doctors. They have found bacteria now. We
are excited about this because it gives them
something to work on. This will only take 2
days. Maybe now they can get rid of the fever.
Pfc. Caleb Lufkin
"Here they were trying to fight infection in
Caleb's leg and the conditions were just
Gorsline said a number of Caleb's surgeries
were attempts to stem infection, yet the
conditions in the hospital rooms lent
themselves to problems.
Lufkin died on May 25, 2006, during surgery on
his left leg.
But he still had mysterious symptoms that he
couldn't shake, like headaches, rashes, and
intermittent fevers. His doctors gave him CT
scans, laxatives, methadone, beta-blockers,
Xanax, more surgery, and more antibiotics. An
accurate evaluation of his case was difficult,
however, because portions of his medical
records never arrived from Bethesda. If they
had, they would have shown a positive test for a
kind of bacteria called Acinetobacter baumannii.
Staff Sgt Juan Campos
At BAMC, Campos was given a 50-50 chance of
survival. His wife was told that he would have to
undergo multiple surgeries to replace burned
skin, and the risk of infection with burn patients
Army Spc. Mark Ryan Climaco Caguioa
"His organs were failing him because he had a
massive infection his body couldn’t fight
anymore," said Maria Blanquita Climaco,
Caguioa’s aunt and family spokesperson told
me last week
Fulks didn’t make it, succumbing to an infection
18 days after he was injured.
Captain Shane R Mahaffee 2006
Capt. Shane R. Mahaffee, wounded by a
roadside bomb near Hilla, Iraq, on May 5, was
injected with the drug in the emergency room
and during surgery in Baghdad. Four days later,
he suffered a pulmonary embolism -- a PE, in
medical jargon. He died May 15 of infection and
PFC Ryan Christensen
The Army has reversed a decision that had
barred a New Jersey soldier who died of an
infection contracted in Iraq from being included
in a war memorial because his death was “non-
combat” related, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith said
|Third N.C.-Based Soldier Dies After
Exhibiting Flu-Like Symptoms
Sgt. Clay Garton Reportedly Dies From
POSTED: 6:49 pm EST February 17, 2005
UPDATED: 9:04 am EST February 18, 2005
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The mysterious death of a third
soldier with North Carolina ties is raising questions.
All three died from flu-like symptoms after returning
from overseas deployments.
Sgt. Clay Garton's family says the Army veteran
exhibited flu-like symptoms after returning from
Sgt. Clay Garton was a flight medic at Fort Bragg. He
spent 16 months in Iraq and returned home in July.
Then, he got sick.
His family said he had symptoms like the flu. He
fought it for three weeks, but his fever soared to 106
degrees. The day after Christmas, he died.
"They came out in five minutes and said, 'He's gone,'"
said Duane Garton, Clay's father.
According to a preliminary autopsy report, Garton's
liver and spleen were swollen. His wife said doctors
told her he died from infection.
It is the third recent example of soldiers dying after
exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Capt. Gilbert Munoz was
a special forces soldier at Fort Bragg who was
deployed to the Middle East. After he got back, he
died from a bacterial infection.
Third N.C.-Based Soldier Dies After
Exhibiting Flu-Like Symptoms
Sgt. Christopher Rogers was a reservist from
Raleigh. He went to Afghanistan. After he came
home, his temperature hit 109 degrees. His widow,
Windy Rogers, wonders whether he had what Munoz
"Chris was admitted with flu-like symptoms.
Whatever it was, it shut all of his organs down -- shut
them all down -- and I want to know what happened,"
Garton's family has questions, too. His wife said
while Garton was in Iraq, he treated someone
exposed to depleted uranium. Garton's father
wonders if that had something to do with his death.
"He went through 16 months of hell and he came
back and they didn't do nothing for him," he said.
WRAL called Fort Bragg, the Department of the Army
and some congressional offices. At this point, it does
not appear that anyone is investigating the deaths or
trying to determine if there is a common cause.
|February 5, 2007
Covey said that infection rates have climbed above
40 percent for combat orthopedic injuries in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Infection rates for civilian traumatic
injuries are normally less than 5 percent.
Once they take root, infections can become chronic,
Covey said, and eventually lead to loss of muscle
tissue and limb function, amputations and even
“Some you can’t stop for months,” he said. “It has a
direct effect on rehabilitation.”
|Wounds After the War
WBAL-TV 11 news I-Team reporter
Deborah Weiner investigated
these wounds after the war.
Three days after he arrives at Walter Reed,
Knight-Major said a medical resident told her
that her son's remaining leg is so badly
infected, it must go.
"I then consented to my son's left leg being
amputated to save his life," Knight-Major said.
The day after that amputation, Knight-Major is
surprised to learn doctors need to amputate
part of her son's left hand as well.
"In my mind, I'm just thinking
they're cutting my child away,
one day at a time," she said.
|Marine gets trip home
Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob Leicht
By Alyson Chapman
The Daily Times
Published June 1, 2007
Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob Leicht came home to
Kerrville for one day this week because of his
successful recovery so far.
Doctors said the 21-year-old still has a long way to
go in making a full recovery, but the antibiotics
appear to be fighting effectively. Leicht injured his
right leg in Iraq on May 3 when the Humvee he was
driving was hit by a remote-detonation land mine,
which destroyed the front of the vehicle.
“On Memorial Day, the doctor said the skin graft had
taken 100 percent,” said his mother, Shirly Leicht.
“However, infection leading to amputation is still a
real possibility, therefore Jacob will undergo another
four weeks of intravenous antibiotic therapy to
According to his mother, Leicht will remain a patient
at BAMC until he no longer needs the IV antibiotics
or until she and her husband, Craig, who is a
medical doctor, can convince the doctors that they
can use home health care to administer the
|War without end
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
It looks like Brent was in two different hospitals in the
"Valley" area not too long before they had an outbreak
of Acinetobacter Baumanni. He was in a Phoenix
hospital in October, then a Tempe hospital in
When Brent returned to Arizona, the bruise on his arm
turned out to be trouble after all. He was diagnosed
with an infection, landing him in the hospital in
Phoenix and delaying his leg surgery at Brooke. He
transferred to Brooke in mid-November. It turned out
he didn't have an infection after all. He underwent
surgery to remove heterotopic ossification, or HO,
from his left leg on December 2. He flew home for
Christmas then returned to Brooke in mid-January,
hoping to complete one final surgery to remove the
HO in his right leg and replace the skin graft on the
Doctors had already decided not to sew his legs
together. They had another plan to provide a
cushioned cover for the HO on the right stump. They
wanted to use Brent's left biceps. Brent resisted.
Losing his biceps meant losing the use of the arm
forever, even if an acceptable elbow replacement
were developed in the future. He couldn't operate an
artificial elbow without his biceps muscle.
But the decision about surgery was put off when
doctors found an infection in the elbow. The bone
was so infected that some of it looked like cottage
cheese. Doctors scraped it out and removed all the
pins and brackets that seemed to aggravate the
Brent went home to Arizona in early February with an
IV bag pumping antibiotics into his body 24 hours a
day for six weeks. By then, Brent was beginning to
consider using his biceps to cover his right stump.
Using the biceps meant doctors could leave the HO
as it was, avoiding the risk of shortening his leg as
they cut away the rogue bone growth. He still hasn't
made a decision because two weeks ago the
infection in his arm worsened.
Brent became ill at a restaurant one night, and his
cousin Jason Jones rushed him to the emergency
room. He had a 1021/2-degree temperature. He
could barely hold his head up. He was admitted to
the hospital in Tempe, then transferred to Brooke in
San Antonio. Doctors there performed surgery on the
elbow to remove antibiotic "beads,'' which had been
implanted months ago and had run their course.
Brent is still being tested to pinpoint the source of the
new infection and to determine how to treat it.
Brent's mother, Kathy, said Tuesday that they hoped
to have answers in the next day or so. They expect, in
any case, that Brent will be on intravenous antibiotics
for six more weeks.
|Injured alongside Dozier was Staff Sgt. Nathan
Reed. Shrapnel shattered his right knee.
"Plus, I had a bad infection goin',
which is, they say, is common to most
of the guys that are getting injured in
Iraq," Reed said.
|Note: The military knew that they were
the source and that they were
spreading the Acinetobacter to the
patients well before Kimberly Dozier
was even injured.
Still, to this day, Kimberly Dozier
believes the bacteria that infected her
and everyone that was injured with her,
came from the soil in Iraq.
Can somebody get her the truth?
Kimberly Dozier on CBS News
When everyone thought I was doing well and on
the road to recovery at Bethesda Naval, actually
every week there was some new nightmare, some
new horror that would appear that required me, us
as a family, to decide which option we wanted to
take. Because they don't know.
I had Acinetobacter, an Iraqi bacteria, it's also
prevalent throughout the Middle East and Europe.
Normally innocuous. But you blast it into a body
that's compromised, that's immune compromised
because of the trauma it's going through, and all of
a sudden it flourishes, and it flourishes to the point
that it can kill you. The problem is the medicine
that treats it also destroys your kidneys. So I had to
choose – after about two weeks on the medicine,
my kidneys were tanking. And I had to choose
between getting my kidneys cut out or going on
dialysis and then having the kidneys removed and
continuing to take the drug, or just going off the
drug and hoping that my body was healthy enough
at that point to take over the fight on its own.
Now I was very lucky. But that was one of the things
that every single guy on my patrol who was injured
went through. I didn't know about it. Americans
don't know about it. So that story, extremity war
injuries, to try to bring that to light –
Kimberly Dozier Testify's to Senate
Start video at 2 hrs 25 mins
Kimberly Dozier on Larry King
What is this Acetinobacter? A kind of bacteria that
occurs only in Iraq?
DOZIER: That is exactly why we nickname it "Iraqi
bacter." It's actually pronounced Acinetobacter. And
it's one of the injury's side effects that nobody tells
you about. You hear these headlines -- two
soldiers injured, three soldiers injured and it
doesn't quite hit home like the -- the numbers of
What you don't realize is the kind of stuff that they're
having to battle once they get back to the hospitals
back home. One of them is this bug.
Now, this bug complicates recovery, sometimes
causes people to need to get amputations and
legs that could otherwise be saved, limbs that
could be saved. And it's something that hit my
The problem is there's only one drug that's pretty
good at treating it, about 90 percent effective. That
drug, however, has a pretty nasty side effect. It
destroys your kidneys.
|Healing with New Limbs and Fragile Dreams
Most of the amputees returning from combat zones
have an infection, because a bomb blast can embed
bacteria, dirt or pieces of clothing deep into the
wound, Colonel Pasquina said. A severe infection
could require further amputation or possibly be fatal.
|Buthaina H. Muhammad
Approximately three weeks ago, Buthaina H.
Muhammad, 38, was severely injured when her
house in Baghdad was struck by a mortar fired by
She was rushed the next day to a US army
emergency hospital, but was soon transferred to an
Iraqi hospital which lacked the facilities and
supplies to treat her. She was already suffering
from septicemia (bacteria in her blood), due to
|Wednesday evening August 8,2007
Nick went into Jewish Hospital in
Louisville Kentucky for heart surgery.
He is fighting for his life as I write this. He has
been suffering from co infections with MRSA
and MDR Acinetobacter baumanni.
He has been on dialysis from the toxic drugs
used to treat his infections.
He went into the hospital for life saving surgery
and ended up with two (that we know of ) life
threatening bacterial infections.
Monday August 13, 2007
Nick continues to hold on to life though he is non
Please send all your best hopes and prayers his
Wednesday Aug 29, 2007
Nick died early this morning with three infections
after being removed from life support.
|ODU Student Home from Iraq
Bartlett was a cocky, 5-foot-11 track athlete when
he enlisted in the Army a month after graduating
from Norfolk's Maury High School in 2003. A year
later, his Korea-based infantry unit was dispatched
to Iraq. He was at the wheel of a Humvee south of
Fallujah when the bomb hit. One of his legs was
sheared off below the knee; the other had to be
Over 13 months at Walter Reed Army Medical
Center in Washington, Bartlett endured 17
surgeries. He learned to walk with cutting-edge
prosthetic legs then fought an infection that kept
him in a wheelchair for six months.
|Tampa VA REINFECTS Wounds
Craig Chambers is the father of Marine Lance
Corporal Brian Chambers, who was in the same
intensive care unit at Bethesda Naval Hospital as
Vincent Mannion during many weeks of recovery.
He said he had accepted the VA's plan for his son
to go to the Tampa VA facility for rehabilitation, but it
did not go well. Brian's wounds were re-infected,
resulting in a considerable setback.
"It wasn't great, to tell you the truth," Chambers said
of his son's six weeks at the Tampa TBI center.
"There are some good people there, for sure, but
understaffing is a real issue.
Salt Lake City VA Infects
Kamps, now a Montana State University student,
said the VA wouldn't let him get tooth implants from
a Bozeman dentist but required that he travel to Salt
Lake City. After he returned to Bozeman, an
infection that felt as big as a softball sent him to the
emergency room, where he needed intravenous
|It's been here for awhile but this is the first
confirmation to us from a civilian hospital.
Hospitals do not have to report these infections
Completely Drug Resistant
Forty nine year old Charlotte Nunez dies at
Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans, LA, from
Acinetobacter baumannii which was tested for
susceptibility to every drug. This strain was
resistant to every one. The hospital admitted to
her family that she got this bug in their hospital
and there was nothing more they could do to
|9-year-old Mustafa by the AP
Firas holds his nine-year-old son Mustafa
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 in Baghdad.
Mustafa was shot at a U.S. checkpoint while
riding in the back of his family's car last August.
The boy was first treated at the U.S. military
hospital in Baghdad's Green Zone and then at
the Balad Air Base north of the capital, as well
as at a few Iraqi hospitals. But they did not stop
a potentially fatal infection.
His last surgery, performed in October in
Jordan, managed to halt the infection. The cost
was covered by the war victims fund, named for
Marla Ruzicka, an American humanitarian
activist killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2005.