CPL Isaac Jensen
CPL Isaac Jensen, a combat medic on his first military deployment, lost both of his legs and suffered a severe arm injury including irreversible nerve damage to his left arm on November 9, 2008 when two one-hundred pound bombs detonated within close range in Malalah, Iraq. While searching an Iraqi home with two other soldiers, one of them opened the refrigerator door triggering the blast which seriously injured all three soldiers. CPL Jensen suffered a compound fracture of his wrist but using one hand, managed to place tourniquets on the soldier closest to him and administer morphine. Attempting to stand to search for his other comrade, he realized both of his legs were mangled and unusable so he began dragging himself on his stomach using his uninjured arm to reach his severely injured teammate. Only after placing tourniquets on the arm and leg of this soldier, did SPC Jensen treat his own injuries, placing tourniquets on three of his own limbs. Evacuated by Black Hawk helicopter, SPC Jensen arrived in Ballad where he was stabilized for transport to Landstuhl, Germany and eventually to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he remains at this time.
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