Dozier Stable Although Critical

Injured CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier lays on a stretcher as she is lifted into an ambulance after arriving from Iraq on a C17 Globemaster at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, southern Germany, Tuesday, May 30, 2006. AP Photo/Michael Probst

The family of CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier — wounded Monday by a bomb that killed cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan — is expected to arrive Wednesday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the U.S. military hospital in Germany where Dozier is being treated.

Dozier remains in critical but stable condition and according to a statement from CBS, is "resting comfortably today after receiving further treatment for injuries to her head and legs."

"We are encouraged by reports from Dozier's doctors about the outcome of her recent surgeries," the statement continues. "She will continue to be evaluated and is expected to remain at Landstuhl for several more days."

At a media briefing in Germany on Tuesday, Col. W. Bryan Gamble said Dozier was moving her toes on the flight to Landstuhl and "was responsive, opening her eyes to commands."

Dozier was flown to Germany on a specially equipped military transport plane early Tuesday - a day after the bombing, after doctors in Iraq had a chance to stop her bleeding, replace a large quantity of lost blood, and stabilize her condition enough to allow her to be moved.

The combat support hospital where she was treated in Iraq, reports CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer, handles on average between 10 and 15 trauma cases a day, so doctors and nurses there knew what to expect when they heard Dozier and other military personnel had been wounded by a car bomb.

"If this would've happened back in the States, she probably would have died," one doctor at the combat hospital told Palmer.

The three journalists, who were embedded with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were doing a Memorial Day story about what life is like for the troops in Baghdad when an explosives-packed car nearby suddenly blew up.

Dozier, Douglas and Brolan had been riding in an armored Humvee. But at the time of the blast in the Karada section of Baghdad, they were outside on the street, accompanying troops who had stopped to inspect a checkpoint manned by the Iraqi Army. They were wearing helmets, flak jackets and protective eyeglasses when the bomb went off.

Douglas, 48, and Brolan, 42, died at the scene of the explosion, which also killed a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter and wounded six U.S. soldiers.

Dozier, 39, was flown to closest U.S. military hospital, which was about a mile away, where she underwent two operations.

Palmer reports that at one point Dozier's pulse stopped.

"She didn't have a heartbeat. She was as sick as you get," a doctor told Palmer.

"Her blood pressure dropped to a point where we could barely see what it was anymore, we could barely assess it. Basically, it means that she was going down... But we were able to get her back by giving her fluids and medications," said Capt. Tiffany Fasco.

"She's lucky she got here when she did. If it had taken longer for her to get to the hospital, it may not have come to this outcome at this point," a doctor at the military hospital told MacVicar.

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports doctors in Iraq were able to remove shrapnel from Dozier's head, but her more serious injuries are to her lower body. Doctors have said that they are cautiously optimistic about her prognosis.

Douglas, who was British, leaves a wife, Linda; two daughters, Kelly, 29, and Joanne, 26; and three grandchildren. Brolan, who was also British, leaves a wife, Geraldine, and two children, Sam, 18, and Agatha, 12. The bodies of Douglas and Brolan are being flown to Kuwait, where they will be met by their families, Martin reports.

The attack was among a wave of car and roadside bombs that left about three dozen people dead before noon Monday, including one explosion that killed 10 people on a bus. Nearly all the attacks occurred in Baghdad.

"This is a devastating loss for CBS News," said CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus, in a statement calling the three journalists "veterans of war coverage who proved their bravery and dedication every single day. They always volunteered for dangerous assignments and were invaluable in our attempt to report the news to the American public."

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families of Paul and James, and we are hoping and praying for a complete recovery by Kimberly," said McManus. "Countless men and women put their lives on the line, day in and day out, in Iraq and other dangerous spots around the world, and they deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for the work they do." McManus said.

Douglas had worked for CBS News in many countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Rwanda and Bosnia, since the early 1990s. CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips describes Douglas as "one of those people you wanted around when things got dicey."

"He could charm his way through hostile country. He could defuse the belligerent tension at an armed roadblock. He could get the reluctant to tell you their story," Phillips said.

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