More than a year after being severely injured while serving overseas, Army Specialist Andrew Wilson is continuing to recover from the traumatic incident.
Twenty-four-year-old Andrew was serving in Afghanistan last October when he lost both of his legs in an explosion.
“I stepped on a pressure plate [improvised explosive device] in Afghanistan while on patrol,” Wilson previously told Nashville's News 2. “We were actually looking for IEDs. I lost both my legs; one above the knee [and] one below the knee.”
Since the tragic accident, Andrew has undergone therapy and received prosthetic legs.
“Obviously the first couple of months were pretty devastating,” Andrew recalled.
Step-mother Kim Wilson added, “It has been a year of turmoil, but it has been a year of many blessings.”
Recently Andrew was able to get reacquainted with three other Army men, Spc. Ryan Betts, Sgt. Joseph McAuliffe and Sgt. James Radovich, who were also injured in the accident.
“I was about five feet from Andrew and five to 10 [feet] from Sgt. Radivich that is when it exploded,” recalled Spc. Ryan Betts.
“He was sliding his feet, dong what he was supposed to do and it just didn't work out that day and it exploded,” Sgt. James Radovich said.
Betts added, “I thought they were both dead when the blast happened, but then I heard Andrew. He was yelling for someone.”
Sgt. Radovich had rocks and sticks embedded in his face, while Spc. Betts suffered a major concussion.
Andrew, along with Betts and Radovich were each awarded a Purple Heart.
“Recently in the last few months, it has gotten a lot better. I know I am going to be fine, get normal again. I can do almost everything I could before,” Andrew said.
Andrew is nearing completion of his rehabilitation treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C.
Once his treatment is completed, Wilson will return to Brentwood where he plans to go back to school and become an occupational therapist so he can help others who also suffer from traumatic amputations.
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