Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 25, 2011

Wounded soldier back in U.S.

Severely injured by improvised bomb in Afghanistan

by Glenn Wohltmann

A Livermore Marine is back in the United States and undergoing a series of surgeries after being severely wounded in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jason Ross was on patrol when an I.E.D. (Improvised Explosive Device) went off. His left leg was amputated from below the knee and his right leg from above the knee, and he also sustained internal injuries.

Jason's father, George Ross, has been chronicling his son's day-by-day progress in a blog.

In the first entry, Ross said Jason "was taken to an in-country medical center where they stabilized him enough that they could medevac him to Germany so he could receive additional treatment. Once he was in Germany they took him in for further surgery and it was a little scary again, as Bridgette, his wife, Linda and I were asked to fly to be with him."

Before the family could get to Germany, however, they received word that Jason had been stabilized enough to be transported to Bethesda, Md., where he remains.

As of Tuesday, "Jason was a bit more alert, and this was both good and bad, though I guess the reason it was 'bad' was an inevitability. The good was because we were able to communicate better with him, and the bad was that it seemed like Jason was beginning to recognize that he was seriously injured and that he wasn't physically the same," according to Ross' blog.

He also noted that Jason's vision seemed better and he could focus on who was talking to him. Ross also thanked everyone for their "prayers and good thoughts."

Jason was set for another surgery Wednesday.

"We were spoken to by five sets/teams of surgeons, all of them wanting to be sure that we fully understood what they were going to be doing. By the time we were done talking to them all I felt like I had a pretty good idea of exactly what was going to be happening," Ross' blog said.

The day-to-day chronicle can be seen at http://sgtjasonross.blogspot.com.

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