Marine dies despite Landstuhl burn unit's special care
May 9, 2006
Editor’s Note: Due to a miscommunication between hospital staff and a Stars and Stripes reporter, much of the following report has been found to be erroneous. See this May 10 story — Miscommunication leads to the report of wrong Marine’s death — for more details.
A U.S. Marine who was wounded May 1 near Fallujah, Iraq, and who was trying to be saved by Landstuhl, Germany- based medics and others, died Saturday night during a medical evacuation flight to San Antonio, officials said.
Attempts to save Cpl. Cory Palmer, 21, of Seaford, Del., were profiled in Monday’s edition of Stars and Stripes.
Palmer, of the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C., had survived an initial bomb blast but had burns over 60 percent of his body and injuries to his lungs, liver and kidney.
A five-member team from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center was flown to Baghdad to treat Palmer and transport him to Germany.
At about 11:30 p.m. CET Saturday, Palmer died as he was being flown aboard a C-17 to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Members of Brooke’s burn team were providing in-flight care, according to Marine Lt. Col. Grant Olbrich, a patient administrator at the hospital.
The Landstuhl team of respiratory specialists flew to Balad, Iraq, and then to nearby Baghdad, where they met the patient at the 10th Combat Support Hospital. The team then brought the patient back to Balad for a flight to Germany.
The Landstuhl group included Navy Dr. (Cmdr.) Peter Marco; Air Force Dr. (Lt. Col.) Warren Dorlac; Air Force Dr. (Maj.) Raymond Fang, a critical care surgeon; Army Capt. Meemie Tha; and Army Sgt. Morris Porter.
Palmer arrived at Landstuhl on Wednesday, where the burn team from Brooke was on hand to treat Palmer’s burn wounds. The six-member team is the only critical care air transport burn team in the Department of Defense.