The Jan. 29 Metro story "Sigmund Refuses Plea Deal in Pipe Bombing" quoted someone as saying that my son, Wright Sigmund, who was critically injured in a car bomb explosion on July 12 in Washington, was doing well and was in great spirits. This is untrue.

Since July, when my son was burned on 25 percent of his body and his right buttock was blown off down to his sacrum, he has had 17 operations. He now has a colostomy, takes more than 25 pills a day, is in agonizing pain and has shrapnel throughout his body. The scar tissue developing as a consequence of the extensive skin grafts of his burns restricts his mobility. He goes to the hospital every day for rehabilitation, spends a couple of hours a day dressing his wounds and visits four doctors a week.

Although we are expecting him to recover more, Wright will never be the same as he was before the bombing. He will carry his injuries with him, both physically and psychologically, for the rest of his life.

My son's injuries have often been likened to war injuries involving land mines. I wonder how many members of Congress would push for war if they thought it could mean ending up with a child in such gut-wrenching pain.

CLAIRE S. PHILLIPS

Dallas