Marine succumbs to roadside bomb injuries
May 23, 2006
A Marine highlighted in a May 8 Stars and Stripes article about the medical fight to treat his battlefield injuries has passed away.
Cpl. William Bradley Fulks, 23, of Culloden, W.Va., died Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, military officials said.
Fulks suffered burns on more than 60 percent of his body and massive internal injuries as a result of a roadside bomb blast on May 1 near Fallujah, Iraq. He also had severe damage to his left lung in addition to kidney and liver injuries.
A five-member team of doctors and specialists from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center traveled to Baghdad to treat Fulks with specialized equipment during his movement out of Iraq.
While on the ground, the team had to perform emergency surgery to ensure Fulks was stable enough to be flown to Germany.
Once at Landstuhl, Fulks was treated by a special burn unit team of before being flown to Brooke.
Fulks was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.