"I unwrapped his head in the emergency room and looked at him and thought he was dead," Warren says.
He was, Warren later wrote, "one of the most horrifically injured people I have ever operated on."
"His scalp and the front part of his face was all gone, and then I could see his frontal lobe on the left side sort of protruding out onto his face," he says. "His brain was exposed and hanging out."
After four hours in surgery, Warren and three other doctors managed to get him on a medevac flight out of Iraq still alive. Warren called the soldier's father but could offer little hope.
"I just didn't see how anybody with that injury could survive," he says. read more>>>