reviews the series of events that led up to the crash of the
McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 plane in the waters off Nova Scotia.
follows the 10th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) from its U.S. base in
Colorado to its deployment in the Kuwaiti desert.
notes that coalition casualties are relatively light at the start of the
war due to ceramic body armor worn by soldiers and air supremacy by allied
portrays life at the 21st CSH posted in the northern Iraq cities of Balad
shows how a 44-bed CSH—equipped with everything found in a standard
hospital—is set up within 72 hours.
reports the cases of U.S. and Iraqi patients who enter the facility.
details the 21st CSH treatment guidelines at the time of filming for
caring for injured Iraqis—the only Iraqis eligible for care must be in
immediate danger of losing life, limb, or eyesight; must be injured by American
soldiers; or must be prisoners of war.
highlights the ethical dilemmas faced by medical personnel who evaluate
and refuse care to some injured Iraqis, including small children.
notes that most American injuries are minor, including scorpion stings,
cuts and bruises, and heat-related illnesses.
concludes with a story about the care provided for and ultimate death of
an eight-year-old Iraqi girl who was apparently injured in a U.S. missile
attack and was also suffering from malnutrition.