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Dozier 'doing as well as expected'

Wounded CBS correspondent's colleagues killed


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LANDSTUHL, Germany (CNN) -- CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier was "doing as well as can be expected" a day after being critically wounded in a roadside bomb attack that killed two colleagues, according to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

"At one point, her pulse stopped. She didn't have a heartbeat," said Lt. Col. Bob Mazur, one of the doctors who treated Dozier at a military hospital just after the incident. "She was as sick as you get ... the fact that she is alive, of course, is a great miracle, pretty much."

The 39-year-old journalist underwent two surgeries in Iraq to remove shrapnel from her head. The most serious of her injuries was to her lower body, however. She was sedated and on a ventilator when she arrived at Germany. (Watch doctors describe how close to death Dozier was -- :58)

"I was present when they unloaded the bus, and she was moving her toes," said the hospital commander Col. W. Bryan Gamble, hours after her arrival Tuesday. "Furthermore, the comments that came back to me was, she was responsive, opening her eyes to command during the flight, which is a good thing," he said.

Dozier was wearing a protective vest at the time of the blast.

Gamble declined to say how long Dozier's recovery period would be, saying it was too "early in the process of her trauma."

"Most folks stay here for anywhere from 48 to 72 hours," he said, adding that Dozier's family was expected to arrive to the hospital Wednesday and discuss options on what to do next.

Killed in the attack were veteran cameraman Paul Douglas, 48, and sound technician James Brolan, 42, according to CBS. Both were British and based in London, the network said. (Watch activity around charred wreckage after the blast -- :46)

Also killed were a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi contractor. Both were not immediately identified.

In addition to Dozier, six U.S. soldiers were wounded in the attack, the military said Monday.

They were traveling as part of a U.S. military convoy Monday when the blast occurred. It destroyed a U.S. military Humvee in Baghdad's Tahariyat Square, just across the river from the Green Zone.

CBS said the team was embedded with troops from the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the Army's 4th Infantry Division. They were covering American troops for Memorial Day and had just gotten out of their armored vehicle after what the military called "a curious incident," according to the network.

"This is a devastating loss for CBS News," said Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports, in a statement on the network's Web site. "Kimberly, Paul and James were veterans of war coverage who proved their bravery and dedication every single day. They always volunteered for dangerous assignments and were invaluable in our attempt to report the news to the American public."

The convoy victims were among at least 50 people killed in insurgent attacks in Iraq on Monday. (Full story)

Journalists covered international conflicts

Dozier has reported from Baghdad since 2003 and in addition to Iraq had covered the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the wars in Afghanistan and the Balkans, according to her biography on the CBS News Web site.

She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College, majoring in human rights and Spanish, and from the University of Virginia with a master's degree in foreign affairs, specializing in the Middle East, her biography said.

Douglas covered international conflicts for CBS since the early 1990s, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Rwanda and Bosnia, according to CBS News. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and three grandchildren.

Brolan was a freelancer who worked with CBS News in Baghdad and Afghanistan over the past year. He also shared an award with the network for its coverage of last year's deadly earthquake in Pakistan. He leaves a wife and two children.

Between 94 and 120 journalists and media support staff -- including drivers and translators -- have been killed in Iraq since the war began in 2003, according to journalists' organizations and watchdog groups, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and the International Federation of Journalists. Of those, more than three-fourths are Iraqi, CPJ said.

Earlier this year, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were seriously wounded when the U.S.-Iraqi military convoy they were embedded with was hit by a roadside bomb near Taji, north of Baghdad.

Speaking on CNN's "Reliable Sources" in November 2004, Dozier described the dangers of trying to talk to ordinary Iraqis in Baghdad.

"The last time I tried to do that -- to go to someone's home and sit down with that man and say, 'Are you thinking about leaving Iraq or staying?' -- the moment he saw me, blonde hair and my two armored vehicles ... he turned white," Dozier said.

"It means I can't go out and hunt a story. I'm having to wait for it to come to me, or I'm having to train Iraqi translators to go out and be my eyes, be my ears, ask the questions that I would ask if I could."

CNN's Cal Perry and Dominic Swann contributed to this report.

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