CBS: Wounded Reporter to Return to U.S.

The Associated Press
Monday, June 5, 2006; 3:00 PM

BERLIN -- The CBS News reporter seriously wounded in Iraq by a car bomb that killed four other people should be returning to the United States from Germany in a few days, the network said Monday.

Kimberly Dozier, 39, was critically wounded May 29 while reporting a story on Memorial Day in Iraq. The attack killed her camera crew, Britons Paul Douglas and James Brolan; a U.S. soldier; and an Iraqi translator.

Dozier underwent two emergency surgeries before being flown the next day to the U.S. military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in southern Germany. She suffered head and lower body injuries, and her family said she would need rods in her legs.

A CBS News statement said Monday that Dozier remains in critical but stable condition "and is doing well, all things considered."

"She is expected to be transported back to the United States in the next few days," the network said.

Monday was a holiday in Germany, and a Landstuhl spokesperson was not available for comment.

Dozier was initially scheduled to be flown home Sunday, but the plane expected to carry her was full, and the flight was rescheduled for Tuesday.

However, Ramstein Air Base said it was not yet confirmed that Dozier would be able to travel on a flight Tuesday or if she would have to wait until later in the week.

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