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Lt. Col Chance Henderson, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group orthopedic surgeon, wraps gauze around the patients legs after surgery, June 10, 2016, at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Henderson has performed multiple surgeries on the patient in an effort to save her leg from amputation. The patient was brought to the hospital after suffering from a gun-shot wound. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Lt. Col Chance Henderson, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group orthopedic surgeon, wraps gauze around the patients legs after surgery, June 10, 2016, at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Henderson has performed multiple surgeries on the patient in an effort to save her leg from amputation. The patient was brought to the hospital after suffering from a gun-shot wound. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Maj. Marcene McVay, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group general surgeon, calculates her next steps during a surgery on an Afghan patient at Craig- Joint Theater Hospital, June 10, 2016, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. McVay worked alongside orthopedic surgeons in a mutitude of surgeries in an effort to save the patient’s leg form being amputated. Surgeons have placed a flap of skin procured from the backside of her legs over the wound to prevent infection and promote healing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Maj. Marcene McVay, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group general surgeon, calculates her next steps during a surgery on an Afghan patient at Craig- Joint Theater Hospital, June 10, 2016, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. McVay worked alongside orthopedic surgeons in a mutitude of surgeries in an effort to save the patient’s leg form being amputated. Surgeons have placed a flap of skin procured from the backside of her legs over the wound to prevent infection and promote healing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Staff Sgt. Brittany Vonoehmden, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group surgical technician, clears equipment from the surgical setup after a surgery, June 10, 2016, at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Vonoehmden is one of many medical professionals that have rallied around the Afghan patient in an effort to save her leg from amputation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Staff Sgt. Brittany Vonoehmden, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group surgical technician, clears equipment from the surgical setup after a surgery, June 10, 2016, at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Vonoehmden is one of many medical professionals that have rallied around the Afghan patient in an effort to save her leg from amputation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Surgeons work together to save the leg of an Afghan patient, June 10, 2016 at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Multiple surgeons from different specialties have come together in an effort to repair the patient’s leg after suffering a gun-shot wound that threatened to take her leg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Surgeons work together to save the leg of an Afghan patient, June 10, 2016 at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Multiple surgeons from different specialties have come together in an effort to repair the patient’s leg after suffering a gun-shot wound that threatened to take her leg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

A doctor sews up an open wound on a patient during a surgery at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, June 10, 2016, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. In an effort to save the patients leg, suffering from a bullet wound, surgeons have placed a flap of skin procured from the backside of her legs over the wound to prevent infection and promote healing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

A doctor sews up an open wound on a patient during a surgery at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, June 10, 2016, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. In an effort to save the patients leg, suffering from a bullet wound, surgeons have placed a flap of skin procured from the backside of her legs over the wound to prevent infection and promote healing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Surgeons work together to save the leg of an Afghan patient, June 10, 2016 at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Multiple surgeons from different specialties have come together in an effort to repair the patient’s leg after suffering a gun-shot wound that threatened to take her leg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Surgeons work together to save the leg of an Afghan patient, June 10, 2016 at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Multiple surgeons from different specialties have come together in an effort to repair the patient’s leg after suffering a gun-shot wound that threatened to take her leg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Maj. David Vizurraga, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group orthopedic surgeon, sterilizes the legs of an Afghan patient as Lt. Col. Edward Lopez, 455th EMDG anesthesiologist, monitors her vitals during surgery, June 10, 2016 at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The patient has undergone multiple surgeries to help repair her leg after being shot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Maj. David Vizurraga, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group orthopedic surgeon, sterilizes the legs of an Afghan patient as Lt. Col. Edward Lopez, 455th EMDG anesthesiologist, monitors her vitals during surgery, June 10, 2016 at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The patient has undergone multiple surgeries to help repair her leg after being shot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Doctors drill into the legs of an Afghan patient during a surgery at the Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, June 10, 2016, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. In an effort to save the patient’s leg, suffering from a bullet wound, surgeons have placed a flap of skin procured from the backside of her legs over the wound to prevent infection and promote healing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

Doctors drill into the legs of an Afghan patient during a surgery at the Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, June 10, 2016, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. In an effort to save the patient’s leg, suffering from a bullet wound, surgeons have placed a flap of skin procured from the backside of her legs over the wound to prevent infection and promote healing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Lt. Col Chance Henderson, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group orthopedic surgeon, wraps gauze around the patients legs after surgery, June 10, 2016, at Craig-Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Henderson has performed multiple surgeries on the patient in an effort to save her leg from amputation. The patient was brought to the hospital after suffering from a gun-shot wound. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson)