A Vet Story
Wounded Marine says a miracle saved him (Los Angeles Daily News)
This comes rather late this Veteran’s day, but I want everyone to hear the story of my next-door neighbor, Jesus Vidana, who was shot and killed his first day in Iraq.
Well, not exactly.
The truth is that he was a Marine Reservist deployed to Iraq in April 2003, and hours after his arrival he took a bullet to the head and was pronounced dead on the scene. Then he was transported to a Navy medical facility where he was again pronounced dead — a mere 13 hours after his initial head wound.
But a CNN reporter, Sanjay Gupta, just so happened to have been in his previous career a neurosurgeon, and questioned the status of Vidana — Gupta was told that the Marine was done for and to move on, but the neurosurgeon asserted that Vidana could be saved if only a blood clot could be remedied.
Yet the medical facility had no way to remove the clot so my neighbor was left for dead. Left for dead, that is, until Dr. Gupta went outside of the facility and commandeered a Makita drill and proceeded to drill a hole in Vidana’s head, alleviating the blood clot and saving the Marine’s life.
This is a most improbably story, but one that certainly forces us to reflect on fate, God’s will, and the special providence afforded the United States of America.
Happy Veteran’s Day.