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While doctors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center help mend Pfc. Jessica Lynch’s broken bones, her parents are helping heal her spirit.

Lynch, 19, is in stable condition at the hospital’s intensive care unit, hospital officials said.

Since her arrival last week, doctors operated multiple times on the former prisoner of war.

Lynch’s parents, Dee and Gregory Lynch, arrived Sunday from West Virginia with her brother Gregory Jr., sister Brandi and cousin Dan Little, said Maj. Mike Cadle, a West Virginia National Guard spokesman traveling with the family.

They have visited Jessica several times.

“After all that’s happened, it’s been real nice for them to have some quiet time with her,” Cadle said. “They’re overjoyed to see her face to face.”

Cadle said the visits have “continued the healing process. It was a really joyous occasion.”

On March 23, Iraqis captured Lynch after ambushing her unit, the 507th Maintenance Company.

After nine days in captivity, she was rescued by special operations troops at a hospital in Nasiriyah after a tip from an Iraqi civilian.

Lynch suffered several injuries, including fractures to her right arm, left upper and lower leg, right foot and ankle, and lumbar spine.

Nonetheless, she had a big smile on her face when her family arrived Sunday morning.

Her parents spent about an hour at her bedside, said Marie Shaw, the base spokeswoman.

“They brought her a teddy bear with a red-white-and-blue ribbon,” Shaw said. “It’s now on her bed.”

On Sunday afternoon the Lynches had two more short visits with their daughter before going to their rooms to recover from jet lag and the excitement of seeing Jessica, Cadle said.

The family is staying at the Landstuhl Fisher House, which offers convenient and inexpensive rooms for families on post during a family member’s hospital stay.

The West Virginia National Guard assisted the Lynches during their daughter’s captivity and since her rescue, Cadle said.

The Army arranged for them to fly to Germany, he added.

A press conference with the family is planned for Tuesday afternoon, he added.

On Thursday, Lynch underwent a five-hour surgery to correct a slipped vertebra that was putting pressure on her spinal cord.

On Friday, doctors operated on open fractures to Lynch’s upper right arm and lower left leg, according to a hospital news release.

The medical staff said, after reexamining the wounds, that they may have been caused by a low-velocity, small-caliber weapon.


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