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Friday, April 18

Lynch recovering from foot surgery

By Bob Withers | The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The public affairs office of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington reported that Pfc. Jessica Lynch was in satisfactory condition Friday, a day after surgery to repair a bone in her right foot.

The former prisoner of war's physicians described the surgery as completely successful.

``She is undergoing occupational and physical therapy under the supervision of her medical team,'' a prepared statement said. ``Pfc. Lynch continues to express her appreciation for the love and support she is receiving from the public.''

Lynch's family also remains grateful for the public's support, the statement added.

The medical center has issued a news release nearly every day since Lynch arrived there a week ago. Friday's statement ended the same way prior releases had: ``The (family's) top priority continues to be their daughter's rehabilitation, and they have chosen not to meet with the media.''

Walter Reed has treated 132 patients from Operation Iraqi Freedom since the war began. Of that number, 77 patients have been battle casualties. Of the 77 battle casualties, 56 have been treated as inpatients, and 27 of those inpatients have been discharged.

The medical center will receive more casualties from Iraqi Freedom on Saturday, but it has not been notified that it will receive any of the additional seven freed prisoners of war who are returning to the United States from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.