CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL
Jessica Lynch's Brother Holds Press Conference
Aired May 6, 2003 - 14:08 ET
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MILES O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: This is the brother of Private First Class Jessica Lynch, who you will recall was taken prisoner and ultimately rescued during the Iraq war. This is Gregory Lynch and he's talking a little bit about Jessica's recovery, specifically reports that she is suffering from amnesia. Let's listen in.
SPECIALIST GREGORY LYNCH, JR, UNITED STATES ARMY: I came in contact, I was at work here at Fort Bragg and I had received a phone call not that Sunday but that Monday morning. My mom had called me and told me and Fort Bragg, the military had put together an emergency relief packet for me real quick and I had traveled home on emergency leave to see my family.
QUESTION: And what was that like for you (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
LYNCH: The first initial contact when I made it home with my mom and dad, it was -- we were all torn up and for that whole nine to 11 days that was in that period there it was just pretty much grieving. You know we didn't know what to do. You know no answers were given to us and it was just a drawn out period of you know of bad times for us all.
QUESTION: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) how is the family doing now (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
LYNCH: Sister is doing real well. Every day you know is a better day for her and the family themselves, they're supporting her 100 percent. Knowing that she's better and she's on the road to recovery is just great for her and us.
QUESTION: Are you staying near her at the hospital?
LYNCH: Yes, sir.
LYNCH: No, sir. They're staying with her by (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
QUESTION: How is it that (UNINTELLIGIBLE) your family found out she was alive, well, rescued?
LYNCH: It was a great day for my family, not only for the family but for the state and the nation as well. It was just -- it's just one of the things that everybody wants to hear good news and the good news came to the Lynch family that day and it was just unremarkable and we were all -- we were all tears of joy that day. QUESTION: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) as far siblings, is she older than you, younger?
LYNCH: No, ma'am. She's about a year and four months younger than me.
QUESTION: And when she said she wanted to go into the military, what did you think about that and did you ever think she'd be in the position that she'd be in danger rather than you?
LYNCH: Ma'am, the fact that you know she wanted to go into the military the same time I did was pretty you know -- I took it as me being the role model and she wanted to be just like me but she had her own ways and goals and she knew what she was doing and she knew why she was doing it and as far as you know her going into a combat zone over me, that's just her job and she did not know and neither did I and it was just something to be expected.
QUESTION: A lot of people are calling her a hero. Is she comfortable with that?
LYNCH: Sir, she's more -- she's not taking it in, as people would think. You know she recognizes that the nation and the community is supporting her with things and it's just -- it's just the idea of you know -- she's knows she done a good job and the fact that whether she's a hero or just you know a person doing their job correctly is just it's unbelievable.
O'BRIEN: All right. We've been listening to Gregory Lynch. The military obviously runs in that family, brother of Jessica Lynch giving a quick update on her condition and her recovery in the wake of her ordeal as a prisoner of war ultimately rescued by Special Forces in Nasiriya in the midst of the Iraq War.
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