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Soldier Florinel Enache, severely injured in Afghanistan, returns to Romania

Florinel Enache, the Romanian soldier that was severely injured in Afghanistan in 2012, arrived in the country.

The soldier used an electric wheelchair because he lost his legs and his left hand.

The soldier arrived at the Otopeni Military Airport onboard a US Air Force Hercules airplane, being met by Defence Minister Mircea Dusa and the commander of the Focsani-based brigade he is a part of. He was accompanied by his wife and son, who were there for him during the time he was hospitalized in the US. At the same time, two doctors, one from the Military Hospital in Bucharest and the other the soldier’s family doctor from Focsani, returned to the country too after they went to the US to familiarize themselves with the Romanian soldier’s condition. Florinel Enache came off the plane on a special wheelchair he guided with his right hand, the only limb he has left after the incident in Afghanistan. Those present at the airport watched a ceremony in which the Romanian soldier was handed the “Loyal Service Class I” national medal from President Traian Basescu.

At the same time, Defence Minister Mircea Dusa handed the soldier the Romanian Army’s Honorary War Emblem. After the ceremony Florinel Enache left the airport on an ambulance, being taken along with his wife and son to the Central Military Hospital in Bucharest where he will undergo a medical check-up. President Barack Obama visited Florinel Enache for the second time at the Walter Reed Military Center in March. Defence Minister Mircea Dusa stated that the medical bill for soldier Florinel Enache stands at approximately USD 350,000, of which the Romanian state has paid the first installment of USD 150,000, pointing out that he is waiting for the next bill in order to pay the sum in full. The minister added that the Romanian state has paid Florinel Enache on time in the country, namely his monthly pay of EUR 2,100, and has covered his family’s expenses of RON 4,400 incurred by staying in touch with him during the period of convalescence. “After we receive the medical certificate from the Romanian commission and the hospital discharge note from the US he will receive 50 monthly payments as compensation and the insurance of EUR 60,000,” Dusa added.

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