Michigan soldier seriously hurt in Syrian bombing

Published: Jan. 18, 2019 at 4:59 AM EST
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Three U.S. troops, including a Michigan man, were injured in a bombing in Syria earlier this week.

Family members say U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan Turnbull of Gaylord was rushed to Iraq where he underwent surgery to remove shrapnel. A shunt has been placed in his head to relieve pressure. He's already lost vision in his right eye from the explosion.

Wednesday's suicide bombing at a market in Syria killed 16 people, including two U.S. soldiers and two American civilians. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Capt. Turnbull was care-flighted to Germany Thursday, where his wife is expected to meet him.

Capt. Turnbull attended Kearsley High School, his wife Samantha graduated from Davison.

He's expected to survive but his family says he has a long road ahead of him.

"Our main goal right now is to just get him back home on American soil and just for his healing," said Sarah Williams, Turnbull's brother-in-law. "It's going to be a lengthy healing, but he's a strong guy."

The family says Governor Gretchen Whitmer has reached out to them for support.

Family members say Capt. Turnbull had been living in North Carolina with his family. They also say he was planning on retiring soon and moving back to Michigan.

The family is now taking care of his 6-year-old son while he recovers with his wife by his side overseas.