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Former Army soldier Jessica Lynch was held captive by Iraqi soldiers at Saddam Hospital in Nasiriya then rescued by U.S. troops. A media firestorm followed.
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Further reports indicated that Iraqi hospital officials even tried to return the injured Lynch back to the Americans prior to the raid on their facility.
Lynch showed her exasperation at the media buzz built up around her. When she was able, she quickly went on the record to say she hadn't fired a single round during the firefight in Nasiriya. Her gun had jammed, she told reporters. As for her injuries, they came not from enemy soldiers, she said, but the crashing of her Humvee. In addition, Lynch was irate at the military for using her to trumpet the overall war. "It does [bother me] that they used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff," she told reporters. "It's wrong."
Following her rescue, Lynch was eventually transported to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where she was treated for injuries, which included multiple fractures of her arms and legs. Upon her release from the hospital, Lynch, who was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Prisoner of War medals, published her biography, I am a Solder, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story.
In recent years, Lynch has left the Army. She became engaged, and welcomed a baby girl, Dakota Ann, who was born in January 2007. She named her daughter after one of the soldiers killed in the ambush in Nasiriya. Lynch, who is studying to become a kindergarten teacher, lives in West Virginia.
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