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Tarentum soldier expected to recover

| Friday, Oct. 17, 2003

The soldier from Tarentum who was wounded Wednesday in Iraq when his Humvee struck a remote-controlled bomb is expected to make a full recovery.

Army 2nd Lt. Matthew Homa, 23, was in critical but stable condition Thursday night at a military hospital in Germany, according to his mother, Lou Ann.

Homa said the military expects to fly her son to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday for additional surgery.

She said the doctors in Germany expect Homa to make a full recovery because he is young and strong.

Homa sustained shrapnel wounds to his leg, chest, arm and lung in the accident, which happened about 5 a.m. EST.

Another soldier sustained minor injuries in the explosion, according to Lou Ann Homa.

Matthew Homa's brother, Army Staff Sgt. Anthony M. Homa, also is in Iraq. Lou Ann said Thursday that the military is trying to get Anthony to Germany to be with his brother.

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