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According to this recap of an interview of Dr Sanjay Gupta on the Dr Oz Show, there was an incident while he was acting as a journalist in a war zone in Iraq:

While in Iraq, he encountered a soldier with a critical head wound. He switched roles from reporter to surgeon to offer his expertise, but the field was not prepared for such intensive surgery.

He improvised, using a Black and Decker drill bit to perform brain surgery on a soldier, who was then airlifted out of the danger zone for further treatment.

Given that it is a Dr. Oz show, which makes me incredibly skeptical of anything he says, is there anything to substantiate this?

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Yes.

See Time.com. They repeat a quote of his from a CNN article:

As a neurosurgeon, I was asked to step back from my journalist's role to look at his gunshot wound to the head. Shortly thereafter, I was removing a bullet from his brain.

From The Salt Lake Tribune:

I probably owe my life to Dr. Gupta.

(said by Jesus Vidana, who "learned that the Navy's so-called Devil Docs had asked CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, to operate when Vidana was airlifted to a field hospital in Iraq").

And from Los Angeles Daily News:

Gupta switched from reporter to doctor, grabbed a drill bit and went to work.

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So they were lying when they said "Gupta performed surgery, then they airlifted the soldier out of the danger zone" correct? It's not like he did the surgery right after he got hit, because your article mentions he operated at a field hospital –  accurate opinion Jun 8 at 14:57
    
Where does the article say that? –  Articuno Jun 8 at 19:53
    
said by Jesus Vidana, who "learned that the Navy's so-called Devil Docs had asked CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, to operate when Vidana was airlifted to a field hospital in Iraq –  accurate opinion Jun 8 at 19:53
    
But the article I cited states: He improvised, using a Black and Decker drill bit to perform brain surgery on a soldier, who was then airlifted out of the danger zone for further treatment. Makes the article sounds like they tried to embellish it –  accurate opinion Jun 8 at 19:54
    
I took that as saying that he learned that Gupta operated. And that that learning happened when vidana was airlifted. –  Articuno Jun 8 at 19:55

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