Welcome to CRWENewswire News Update, I'm Christina Collins --- Todays News Update: Brain Dead Arizona College Student Recovers andIraqi Capital Bombings Kills 57.
A 21-year-old Arizona college student, Sam Schmid, believed to be brain dead and poised to be an organ donor, recovered just hours before doctors were considering taking him off life support.
Schmid, a junior and business major at the University of Arizona, was critically wounded in a car accident in Tucson Oct. 19, which took the life of his friend and roommate. The brain injuries were so severe he was airlifted to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Phoenix, where surgery was performed for a life-threatening aneurysm.
Just as hospital officials began palliative care and discussed the subject of organ donation with his family, Schmid began to respond, holding up two fingers on command, and today he is walking with the aid of a walker, and his speech, slow, but improved, as doctors say he will likely have a complete recovery.
Bombings ripped across Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 57 people and injuring nearly 200 in the worst violence Iraq has seen for months, that comes just days after American forces left the country. The blasts has come on the heels of a political crisis between Iraq's Sunni and Shiite factions that erupted over the weekend.
The political spat has raised fears that Iraq's sectarian wounds will be reopened during a fragile time when Iraq is finally navigating its own political future without U.S. military support. U.S. military officials mentioned concern about a resurgence of al-Qaida after the American military leaves the country. If that happens, it could lead Shiite militants to fight back and attack Sunni targets, thus sending Iraq back to the sectarian violence it experienced just a few years ago.
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