Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas was due to leave Iraq about the time her little brother came into the country. But, her brother beat her home. His vehicle ran over an IED after being in Iraq a month.
Thomas spent her time off back in the states on his hospital ward. “I was surrounded by the most intense levels of people dealing with the consequences of our nation’s choice to go to war. The corpsman who saved my brother’s life was 19, probably a 110 pounds, little Filipino guy. And he had a fiancé, 18. He lost limbs and would have a colostomy bag the rest of his life, and I was watching this young couple process this. And the reason my brother was even alive was that kid.”