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December 2, 2011
The seven Austrian soldiers who were injured in conflict in Kosovo have returned home and are on the mend. According to “Österreich” two of the men have already left the hospital and the others are making a speedy recovery ‘Austrian Times’ reported today.
Vienna, Austria – Friday, December 2, 2011 / The independent NewsweeK
“Two soldiers are receiving care at home,” said Major Gerhard Oberreiter from the military base in Upper Austria. “The other five are being cared for in hospitals in the area with many of them in the west,” in Innviertel.
It seems the men have even got their sense of humour back. “When I was flown back on Wednesday, I felt like I had been in a pub brawl,” said 24-year-old Manuel Sperl. Corporal Sperl from Ried im Innkreis, was the most seriously injured of the soldiers and was flown back to Austria on Wednesday. The soldier suffered a lung contusion after he and his troops came under firearms attack from Serbians during a demonstration on Monday.
According to doctors at the AKH hospital in Linz, the 24-year-old has made an incredible recovery having been on a drip for just a day. His family have also been able to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting for hours at the airport on Wednesday for the much loved brother and uncle.
Mayor of Ried in Austria, Albert Ortig, is keen for the community to show their appreciation to the heroes. “They are our barracks, they are our soldiers. We are all closely connected to them,” said Ortig. “As a town we will thank the soldiers and their families after Christmas and show our appreciation – it is the least we can do,” he said.