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Claim: Photographs show a U.S. soldier who was shot in the face in Iraq.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: Dr. AnnaLee Kruyer served as a captain on an Army dental team in Iraq and Kuwait from 2003 through the spring of 2004, providing a good deal of necessary and routine dentistry (e.g., root canals, wisdom tooth extraction, broken teeth).
The tools she had to work with abroad were 'hilarious.'On Christmas Eve 2003,
"It was day and night," she said. "The light we had, you can equate it to a reading light. That's the light we had to do surgery with. It was ridiculous."
Patients were treated in what Kruyer called a "glorified lawn chair."
"You know the Army. It was probably a $1,200 lawn chair," she said. "They had to be able to squish your dental chair into the back of a truck."
The gunman immediately surrendered as the sergeant, oblivious to his wound, continued his charge.Last updated: 6 April 2006
"You can see the Iraqi's point of view: You shoot an American in the face, and they keep coming at you. 'Damn, they're tough. I quit,'"
As for the sergeant, his injuries were largely cosmetic. Kruyer's team fixed that right up, popping in a fake tooth.
"So he could smile the rest of the war," she said.
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