American Elephants

A Heroic Recovery. by The Elephant's Child

Powerline has posted the story of Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler who had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq in November 2009, and was at Fort Hood to prepare for beginning Officer Candidate School.  He was randomly targeted by Major Nidal Hasan who shot him four times, once in the head.  That shot wiped out twenty percent of Zeigler’s brain and left a large hole in his skull. Eight operations, a long course of rehabilitation, and a lot of stubborn determination — and he  has made a miraculous recovery.  It is a moving story.  Powerline provides a link to the remarkable blog of his fiancée and now his wife.  Don’t miss that as well.

It is a story worth pondering, for the contrast of the media treatment of the Tucson tragedy and the Fort Hood Massacre. Tucson, which as we know was the fault of  Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh’s influence on a schizophrenic young man who may never have heard of either of them.  The Fort Hood massacre was the work of a dissident who might have been a peaceful Muslim but clearly had no relation to Islamic terrorism despite his Imam’s connection with Al Qaeda in Yemen, which was surely just a coincidence.

It is a very strange story.  But how wonderful that modern medicine can perform such miracles, and that victims can recover against all the odds.  We wish the Zeiglers complete recovery and great happiness, and the same to Congresswoman Giffords and her husband.

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