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How 2 surgeons, bomb expert saved a soldier with a grenade in his torso

How 2 surgeons, bomb expert saved a soldier with a grenade in his torso

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It was a sunny spring day in eastern Afghanistan on March 16, 2006, when U.S. army soldiers in the Alpha Company headed out on patrol into the heart of Taliban country. Capt. Billy Mariani, Private Channing Moss and Staff Sgt. Eric Wynn were part of a convoy on the move, with Moss manning a gun in the vehicle. Also on the Humvee with them was an army medic named Jared Angell, whom the men called simply, “Doc.” Watch the full story on "20/20: The Good Doctors: Brilliance and Bravery," Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. on ABC. As the convoy entered a narrow stream bed, surrounded by higher ground, Wynn said suddenly there was a “pop.” “We’re under attack,” Moss said. “We just got ambushed.” The men got into position as bullets cut through the air; the bullets then became rocket-propelled gr
Surgeons perform C-section and open-heart surgery to save mom and baby

Surgeons perform C-section and open-heart surgery to save mom and baby

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In any emergency medical procedure, doctors are quick to make a plan and jump into action. But for the medical staff at one North Carolina hospital, a pregnant woman with a severe heart condition presented a never-before seen case. Danielle Gaither, 31, suffers from Marfan Syndrome, an inherited connective tissue disorder that can cause heart conditions. On February 21, Gaither was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center, a level one trauma center, with a severe tear in her aorta and her body was shutting down. "As soon as we got the call that she was a code dissection, meaning her aorta had split into two which deprives oxygen from the blood and all the main organs, it was an instantaneous decision to get her in the operating room," Dr. Joseph McGinn, chair of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Su...