Detainee Receives Surgical Treatment

Story Number: NNS020115-05Release Date: 1/15/2002 12:17:00 PM
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From Joint Task Force 160, Joint Information Bureau

U.S. NAVAL BASE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- A detainee who arrived here from Afghanistan Jan. 11 received surgical treatment Jan. 13 at U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay.

The detainee, whose name was not released, was treated for a gunshot wound to the upper right arm sustained prior to arrival at Guantanamo Bay. Navy doctors who performed the surgery determined that the wound required medical treatment. Doctors estimated that the wound was approximately one month old.

The detainee was alert and stable at the time of surgery, and doctors explained the nature of the procedure to the detainee before performing surgery.

The procedure, called incision and drainage, took approximately two hours for two Navy orthopedic surgeons to complete. The detainee remained under tight security throughout the procedure.

Medical personnel expect that the detainee will regain full range of motion in his shoulder and elbow; however, he may have limited mobility in his wrist due to nerve damage resulting from the wounding.

The detainee was discharged from the hospital Monday morning and returned to Camp X-Ray. All detainees will continue to receive on-site medical treatment as needed, with additional medical support from the Navy hospital.

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