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Ex-POW can't remember ambush

Army hospital 'pleased with' Jessica Lynch's recovery

Authorities say Pfc. Jessica Lynch does not remember details of the attack in which she was taken prisoner.
Authorities say Pfc. Jessica Lynch does not remember details of the attack in which she was taken prisoner.

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Rescued prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is unable to recall details from the time she was ambushed in Iraq. CNN's Patty Davis reports (May 6)
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rescued prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is suffering from a form of memory loss that prevents her from recalling details from the time she was ambushed in Iraq to a point during her captivity there, authorities said Monday.

Lynch suffered a head laceration and spinal injury, and both her legs and her right arm and foot were broken during her ordeal in Iraq. Lynch, who recently turned 20, has been recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

One Pentagon source said Lynch has told her debriefers that she doesn't remember the ambush and that she finally came to in the Iraqi hospital where she was eventually rescued. Investigators have been hoping the Army private first class could provide a firsthand account of what happened.

Hospital spokeswoman Kiki Bryant said doctors "are not concerned about amnesia, her mental and physical state.

"They are pleased with her progress," Bryant said. "As with all casualties, Walter Reed Army Medical Center provides the appropriate physical, emotional and spiritual care to all patients."

Lynch and five fellow members of the Army's 507th Maintenance Company were taken prisoner March 23 outside the Iraqi town of Nasiriya. (Story of other survivors)

April 2, acting on intelligence information, U.S. Special Forces led a team of Marines, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and airmen into enemy fire at the hospital to rescue Lynch.

Team members found the then-19-year-old supply clerk in a hospital room lying in a bed, covering her head with a sheet, authorities have said. (Full story)

The rescue came about after an Iraqi lawyer gave U.S. authorities information on Lynch's location including detailed maps of the hospital. The lawyer and his family have been brought to the United States and granted asylum. (Full story)

Iraqi doctors who treated her have disputed reports that they did not provide good care. (Full story)


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