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Dec. 30, 2009, started out as a normal day for Bushra Saeed. But then a roadside bomb destroyed the vehicle in which she was travelling in in Afghanistan, killing five including journalist Michelle Lang, and setting Ms. Saeed on a painful journey of rehabilitation.

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Journalist Michelle Lang, at rear, chats with Bushra Saeed, to her right, during their mission briefing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2009. Also taking part in the briefing is Sgt. Kirk Taylor, left rear; Cpl. Barrett Fraser, standing centre; Cpl. Taylor Lewis, sitting centre; Cpl. Fedor Velochtchik, left; and Cpl. Stu Shier, right. Hours later, an improvised explosive device destroyed one of the vehicles in which they were travelling on their way back to the base.

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Michelle Lang, right, and Bushra Saeed prepare for a trip off base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2009, with Sgt. Kirk Taylor. Hours later, an improvised explosive device destroyed the vehicle in which they were traveling on their way back to base, killing both Ms. Lang and Sgt. Taylor, and badly injuring Ms. Saeed.

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Canadian soldiers meet members of a Kuchi settlement just south of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Dec. 30, 2009. Ninety minutes later, on their way back to base, an improvised explosive device destroyed one of their vehicles, killing four soldiers and journalist Michelle Lang and badly injuring four other soldiers and civilian Bushra Saeed.

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Bushra Saeed, front right, stands behind Calgary Herald journalist Michelle Lang as Canadian soldiers meet members of a Kuchi settlement just south of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Dec. 30, 2009.

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Calgary Herald journalist Michelle Lang, centre, took notes as Canadian soldiers met members of a Kuchi settlement just south of Kandahar City, Afghanistan, on Dec. 30, 2009.

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A helicopter flies over the road on which the armored vehicle was hit by the bomb while on patrol south of Kandahar City.

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A critically injured Bushra Saeed in an American military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, on Jan. 6, 2010, six days after the IED hit the LAV in which she was traveling while on a mission south of Kandahar City, Afghanistan.

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Bushra Saeed, pushed by a taxi driver and flanked by her mother Neelam and father Amjad, makes a first brief visit home in Orleans, Ont., on Feb. 28, 2010. Her sister Hanaa is in the background.

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Bushra Saeed practises standing in her kitchen as her sister Hanaa watches in Orleans, Ont., in April, 2010.

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Bushra Saeed works through her daily physiotherapy routine at the Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa on Dec. 2, 2010.

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Bushra Saeed works through her daily physiotherapy routine at the Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa. She wears a bracelet with the names of those lost in the bombing.

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Bushra Saeed works with her physiotherapist Marie Andree Paquin.

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Prosthetist Laura Scholtes works with Bushra Saeed as she gets her leg fitted at the Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa

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Prosthetist Laura Scholtes works with Bushra Saeed as she gets her leg fitted at the Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa.

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Bushra Saeed works with her prosthetist Laura Scholtes, right, and physiotherapist Marie Andree Paquin at the Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa.

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Bushra Saeed works through her daily physiotherapy routine at the Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa.

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Bushra Saeed works through her daily physiotherapy routine at the Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa.

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Bushra Saeed's mobility aids.

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Bushra Saeed wears a bracelet with the names of those lost in the Dec. 30, 2009, bombing.

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