MONT ALTO, Pa. - Sgt. Edward W. "Eddie" Shaffer, a Mont Alto soldier wounded in Iraq almost one month ago, will face a major skin graft Thursday, his father said.
Edward C. Shaffer said doctors will attempt to repair his son's burn wounds by grafting skin cells to his son's body. Eddie Shaffer sustained burns over 80 percent of his body in November when a roadside bomb exploded next to his Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Ramadi, a Sunni stronghold about 70 miles west of Baghdad.
The soldier remains in critical condition at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam in San Antonio, where he has undergone more than 20 hours of surgery and lost both hands and one of his feet, his father said.
On Monday, Edward Shaffer said his son has shown some signs of improvement.
"Yesterday, he talked to the staff and asked for his mom," he said.