Jessica's NEW START

O'Connor, Rose Ellen
November 2003
People;11/24/2003, Vol. 60 Issue 21, p58
This article describes the recovery efforts, and wedding plans, of rescued Iraq War prisoner Jessica Lynch. The world's most famous aspiring kindergarten teacher rubs her numb left leg and gawks out a limousine window as the sights of Manhattan flash by. The pride of Palestine, W. Va., was in the Big Apple Nov. 10 for appearances to promote "I Am a Soldier, Too," writer Rick Bragg's authorized book on Lynch's now-folkloric ordeal in Nasiriya, Iraq, where she survived a deadly ambush, grave injuries and, apparently, torture and rape before GIs rescued her from Saddam Hussein General Hospital April 1. All that seems a world away as the limo tools up Sixth Avenue, and Lynch feverishly dials Sgt. Ruben Contreras--her not-quite-but-almost fiancé. Seven months after her rescue, Lynch still needs a brace on her crushed left leg, and it will be some time before she shoes her paralyzed left foot in anything remotely chic. The latest tabloid headlines: "Hustler" publisher Larry Flynt's announcement that he paid for photos of a prewar Lynch topless. Ecstatic to hear of her rescue, Contreras, still in Iraq, could only write to his girl while she was in intensive care at the Landstuhl military hospital in Germany. INSETS: The Battle Continues;Why Haven't They Met?;Unsung Heroes.


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