Surgeon provides life-saving support for troops overseas

11:10 AM, Mar 9, 2011   |    comments
Medical Treatment for wounded soldiers
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CLEVELAND -- Each day, the men and woman in the military risk their lives to defend our freedom. But it's the doctors, many of whom are civilians, who perform life-saving operations on the wounded.

A local surgeon spent two weeks at the United States Army's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany doing just that.

Dr. John Blebea is a Vascular Surgeon at University Hospitals. He says every day he was at the medical facility in Germany, he performed surgery on a soldier.

His specialty is operating on damaged blood vessels. Dr. Blebea says his patients came from the front lines of Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of them suffered injuries from exploding landmines.  He says the soldiers' courage humbled him. 

Dr. Blebea says the wounded are getting the best care possible overseas. Once they are stable, they are flown back to the United States.

Since 2007, 72 vascular surgeons have volunteered their time overseas. Dr. Blebea says it's a big help since many military doctors aren't trained in that specialty.


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