Desperate situations call for desperate measures. Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN knew that exactly when he was asked to perform an operation on Sergeant Jesus Vidaña, whose head was hit by an enemy bullet while they were in the middle of a firefight in the desert.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Sergeant Jesus Vidaña, a radio operator of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, entered Bhagad with his troops in April of 2003. They were part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and were encamped beside the Tigris River that night, waiting to cross over into Baghdad, a the city in flames. The plan was for the Fox Company to enter Iraq’s capital the next day and then on to the Iraqi Ministry of Intelligence. The main group stayed on the soccer field while the remaining others divided themselves into three platoons of 40 men each, entering the city from different directions.

Sergeant Jesus David Vidaña. (War History Online)

When they entered the city, they understood that the capital was far from being safe. Sniper fire and rocket-propelled grenades were zooming all around them like bees on steroids. Not exactly a warm and friendly welcome for the Marines coming there to liberate the country from a tyrant like Saddam. Not only that, but the rebels would also pull over civilian cars and would force the poor drivers to speed toward the American forces at gunpoint, so the soldiers did not have much choice but to shoot both the hostage-taker and the hapless civilian.

Pronounced Dead Twice

Sergeant Vidaña was working his radio amidst all the madness and was relaying orders from his company commander when, in one of the buildings behind him, an enemy sniper lurking in the dark fired and hit him straight through the right side of his helmet and into his skull. He went silent and immediately fell.