By Kortney Clemons
"When above-the-knee amputeeswalk, we generate seven to 9 occasions the strength of our bodyweight correct into the purpose the place the prosthesis meets our residual leg. For me, that is virtually 1,500 kilos slamming into that socket."For any amputee, studying to stroll with a prosthetic leg is a painful, grueling ordeal. quickly after military medic Kortney Clemons, who misplaced his correct leg to a roadside bomb in Baghdad, started the method, he had greater than strolling in brain. He desired to run, and run quickly. slightly 3 years after the grim assault that modified his existence ceaselessly, he aimed to hitch the elite corps of overseas athletes vying for gold within the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. His account of his restoration from this catastrophic wound and his force to develop into the 1st Iraq veteran to win Paralympic gold is without doubt one of the so much extraordinary, inspiring, and compelling tales within the heritage of activities.
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Oh, my God! ” Debbie said. ” “He came in on this call,” an attendant told her. ” “He’s up in surgery. ” “I’ve got to get up there,” Debbie said. “Wait, there’s something you need to know before you go up there,” the attendant said. ” Debbie began to cry. Then she walked to her barracks to pack some clothes. Wherever I was headed next, my cousin was going with me. The explosion had mutilated my leg, leaving the surgeons no shot at saving it. The lack of blood flow below the ruptured artery in my right thigh had killed much of the tissue beneath that point.
But a recent event in his life had even further softened his bedside manner. In October 2003, at the age of twenty-nine, he had suffered a heart attack. The chest pain had started when he was on leave in California, attending his sister’s wedding. He thought nothing of it and flew back to Germany with his family. While driving his car away from the airport, the pain returned. This time it was far worse. indd 49 5/15/08 1:56:35 PM AMPED after leaving Iraq. The doctors found no underlying health issues in Rodas to explain the heart attack and chalked it up to a medical anomaly.
We need matching blood over here! ” one doctor yelled. ” “Please don’t let me die,” I said. ” Other medical teams simultaneously worked on Vang and Shatto, both of whom were conscious. ” Shatto shouted at the doctors who hovered above his battered legs. “I’m going to be okay! ” “No, they’re working on him, and we’re working on you,” one of the ER staff told him. Shatto watched as the nurses jabbed IVs into my arms to begin replenishing my fluids. How close was I to death? Right at the edge. The medical staff pumped as many as five bags (or pints) of blood into me.
Amped: A Soldier's Race for Gold in the Shadow of War by Kortney Clemons