Amazing story. One lucky soldier and a great team that got him back to the States for treatment. Video of surgery: http://www.militarytimes.com/multimedia/video/powers_er_admission/ Article: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/10/airforce_powers_071022/ Troops unite to save soldier knifed in head By Patrick Winn - Staff writer Posted : Monday Oct 22, 2007 7:52:04 EDT It felt like a nasty sucker punch. Yet when he strained his eyes to the hard right, there was something that didnt belong: the pewter-colored contour of a knife handle jutting from his skull. Sgt. Dan Powers, stabbed in the head by an insurgent on the streets of East Baghdad, triggered a modern miracle of military medicine, logistics, technology and air power. His survival relied on the Armys top vascular neurosurgeon guiding Iraq-based U.S. military physicians via laptop, the Air Forces third nonstop medical evacuation from Central Command to America, and the best physicians Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in Maryland could offer. It required extraordinary hustle from a string of ground medics, air medics, C-17 pilots, jet refuel technicians and more. Not an hour after the attack, Powers, a squad leader with the Armys 118th Military Police Company, was draped in sheets on a medical gurney bound for Balad Air Force Base, about 30 minutes away by helicopter. Someone pressed a phone to his left ear so he could promise his wife, in a panic worlds away, that everything would be fine. He would soon drench a surgeons hands in blood, narrowly surviving as a medical team opened his skull to extract 4 inches of blade from his brain. These are the staggering measures that allowed Powers to keep his promise and his life.