Not nice

via Andrew Sullivan

Nasty stuff.

The upward blast of an IED often rips off lower limbs as high as the hip, as well as the genitals. … In some cases the perineum, the seam at the bottom of the torso, is ripped open and the intestines and other organs spill out, a Navy combat corpsman told me. One out of five Americans whom the Army medically evacuated from Afghanistan last October suffered such wounds, which the military calls genitourinary, or “GU,” wounds. … According to the Army task force report on severe IED wounds, a number [of troops] have developed “do not resuscitate” pacts in case they suffer traumatic genital amputation.

Not sure I’d be wanting to continue on after suffering “traumatic genital amputation”.


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