CBS's Kimberly Dozier Leaves Hospital

The reporter is released two months after being injured in a Baghdad bombing

CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier has left a Maryland rehabilitation facility, two months after she was critically wounded in a Baghdad car bombing that killed two of her colleagues.

Dozier has made a remarkable recovery since the May 29 attack on the military convoy with which the CBS News crew had been traveling on a Memorial Day story. Both cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan, along with U.S. Army Capt. James Funkhouser Jr. and an Iraqi officer, were killed in the blast. Dozier is now walking assisted by crutches and a cane, and will continue outpatient rehab.

In a statement released Thursday by CBS News, a day after her release, Dozier thanked the military for saving her life.

“I owe my life to the quick actions of the 4th Infantry Division’s Sgt. Mootoosamy, who took charge of the scene, with his commander down and many of his men injured, and medic Spc. Flores, who patched me up,” Dozier wrote.

She said she often thinks of Brolan and Douglas.

“The last I saw Paul and James, they were rushing from their Humvee to ‘get the shot’ ” of Funkhouser talking to Iraqis at a tea stand in Baghdad, aided by the Iraqi officer.

“I choose to remember them from the instant before the blast – each one of them consummate pros doing a job they loved to support the families back home they loved even more,” Dozier wrote.

Dozier’s condition was just as grim as ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, who was critically wounded January 29 outside Baghdad when a roadside bomb blew up in his convoy. Woodruff’s life was also saved by the U.S. military medics who treated him, along with less-severely injured cameraman Doug Vogt.

Woodruff’s recovery has also come a long way, and he’s also left inpatient treatment and has been a somewhat regular visitor to ABC News’ headquarters in New York City. Woodruff has also been able to work a bit, recording a new intro to a report he initially did last year.

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