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CBS News crew Paul Douglas, center, and James Brolan, right, were killed in the blast that wounded Kimberly Dozier.

LANDSTUHL, Germany (CNN) -- CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier remained in critical but stable condition Friday, four days after she was severely injured in a Baghdad car bombing, hospital officials said. She is expected to return to the United States on Sunday.

According to the hospital, Dozier has been off a ventilator and is talking.

At the U.S. military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center since Tuesday, Dozier hasn't lost her sense of humor, said CBS News President Sean McManus.

She "was disappointed that we had to meet in Landstuhl, Germany, instead of over a drink in New York City," he said in a message to CBS employees.

Meanwhile, Dozier's mother, Dorothy, said in a CBS interview that when she walked into the intensive care hospital room on Wednesday, she realized "how closely we came to maybe losing her."

Doctors in Baghdad fought to save Dozier's life, stopping severe bleeding after she suffered shrapnel wounds to the head and severe injuries to the legs. Her British cameraman and soundman, an Iraqi translator and a U.S. soldier were killed. Several other troops were wounded.

Capt. James A. Funkhouser, 35, from Katy, Texas, was identified as the soldier who was killed, according to Fort Hood in Texas. He had been in Iraq since December, the base said.

Mrs. Dozier said she realized her daughter will have to live with pins in her legs for some time, and that the recovery will be gradual.

Meanwhile, a U.S. soldier who met Dozier in Iraq two years ago and was wounded in the arm gave her his Purple Heart, which now lies at her bedside. He said Dozier suffered like any soldier, CBS News said. The soldier declined to be identified, a hospital source said.

Dozier was not able to take the regular Friday flight to the United States, because it was filled to capacity taking burn patients to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, a Landstuhl hospital source said.

Dozier is to be flown Sunday morning to the United States and taken to Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland or some other hospital in the area, as it's near where her parents live, a CBS source said.

In London on Thursday, family members and colleagues attended an airport ceremony for cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan.

Douglas' daughter Joanne said her father "touched the hearts of so many people. And we're so, so proud of him."

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