Amputations Causing Limb Crisis in Iraq

There are so many amputations required in Iraq that a limb shortage is feared:

Iraq is facing a hidden healthcare and social crisis over the soaring number of amputations, largely of lower limbs, necessitated by the daily explosions and violence gripping the country.

In the north of Iraq, the Red Crescent Society and the director general for health services in Mosul have told US forces, there is a requirement for up to 3,000 replacement limbs a year. If that estimate is applied across the country, it suggests an acute and looming long-term health challenge that has been largely ignored by the world.

[Hat tip Newshoggers.]

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    Things are going GREAT in Iraq ! ! ! (none / 0) (#1)
    by LiberalsAreSuperDuper on Sun Jul 29, 2007 at 02:46:49 AM EST
    1. Civilians are losing limbs (and lives).

    2. U.S. soldiers are coming home in flag-drapped coffins.

    3. Taxpayers are bleeding money to fund this whole thing.

    4. We're creating more terrorists than we're eliminating.

    However, we did just build a new school in Baghdad so I say we hang in there! Hooray war!

    UPDATE The aforemetioned school was just blown up by insurgents.          

    Well, maybe (none / 0) (#2)
    by Edger on Sun Jul 29, 2007 at 03:12:15 AM EST
    increasing your dosage would help.

    Touche version 2.0 (none / 0) (#4)
    by LiberalsAreSuperDuper on Sun Jul 29, 2007 at 07:03:28 PM EST
    shortage of limbs (none / 0) (#3)
    by woodguy on Sun Jul 29, 2007 at 06:12:55 PM EST
    Is it any wonder that there is a shortage of lower artificial limbs?... It has been quite obvious for years that this administration doesn't have a leg to stand on.