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GOOD MORNING, I'M KRISTN CARLSON. IT WAS THE LARGEST CALL UP OF THE NATIONAL GUARD SINCE 1942. FIVE DIED AND NEARLY 200 WERE WOUNDED. ONE OF THE MOST SEVERELY INJURED FINALLY GOT HIS BADGE OF MERIT AND DREAM CAME TRUE BUT IT CAME WITH ANOTHER SACRIFICE. DARREN PERRON PROFILED THE GUARDSMAN AND HIS FAMILY IN OUR SERIES.

>> ED STRUGGLES TO MAKE SMALL MOVEMENT WEST SIDE HIS LEFT ARM. HE GOES THROUGH PAINSTAKING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TO DO SIMPLE THINGS LIKE RELEASING TUBES FROM HIS FINGERTIPS. LATEST FIGHT THE SOLDIER FACES AFTER BEING PHYSICALLY WOUNDED HERE ON THIS ROYAL ROAD IN AFGHANISTAN. ON JULY 2nd, 2010, THE MILITARY VEHICLE ED WAS RIDING IN HIT A MASSIVE BOMB OUTSIDE THE AIRFIELD. ONE VERMONTER DIED IN THE BLAST AND ANOTHER SERIOUSLY WOUNDED. ED LOST BOTTOM OF HIS LEGS, SUFFERED SPINAL FRACTURES A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND HAD TWO STROKES. DOCTORS THOUGHT HE WOULD DIE BUT HIS WIFE KAREN ALSO A MEDIC SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN AT THE TIME REFUSED TO BELIEVE IT.

>> SHE HELD HIS HAND AND WHISPERED NOT NOW. HE LISTENED.

>> HE IS FOUR PATIENTS IN ONE. FOUR DIFFERENT CATASTROPHIC INJURIES? ONE.

>> HE LEARNED JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING ALL OVER AGAIN. HE HAS BEEN GETTING SPECIALIZED REHABILITATION AT THE CENTER OF THE INTREPID A MILITARY HOSPITAL IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. HE PULLED OFF WHAT DOCTORS CALLED A MIRACLE. ONE YEAR AFTER THE EXPLOSION, TAKING HIS FIRST STEP ON SPECIALLY FITTED PROSTHETIC LEGS.

>> THOSE ARE HUGE LIFE CHANGING DIAGNOSIS AND HE HAD ALL FOUR OF THEM AND STILL WALKING AROUND THE GYM AND MOVING AND WORKING HARD. IT'S AN AMAZING PHYSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT ED DID.

>> 185 VETERAN MONITOR SOLDIERS WERE WOUNDED IN AFGHANISTAN. VERMONT OFFICIALS ARE NOT CERTAIN HOW MANY ARE STILL GETTING MEDICAL TREATMENT OR HOW MANY ARE SUFFERING FROM INVISIBLE WOUNDS LIKE PTSD. HE IS THE ONLINE VERMONT GUARD SOLDIER STILL GETTING TREATMENT HERE IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. WITH GRUELING DAILY THERAPY HE MADE ONE-TENTH OF A MILE AROUND THE TRACK BUT THAT WOULD BE AS FAR HE WOULD GO.

>> MY BALANCE ISN'T EXACTLY THE BEST.

>> HE SAID IN DURING THE LAST VISIT HE PLAN TO RUN AGAIN.

>> IT'S NOT REALLY A GOAL, IT WILL. IT'S A MATTER OF TIME.

>> SO FAR, THAT HASN'T HAPPENED.

>> WELL, IT SEEMS LIKE HE WILL HAVE TO WORK VERY, VERY HARD AND JUST BASED ON HIS CURRENT STATUS UNLESS SOMETHING DRAMATIC CHANGES IN HIS LIFETIME. IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE HE'LL REACH THE RUNNING GOAL UNLESS HE IS ABLE TO PUT ALL HIS ENERGY, ALL HIS EFFORTS, ALL TRYING TO STRENGTHEN UP.

>> I WOULD THINK THAT WOULD BE LIFTING HIS REACH. IF YOU HAD A PATIENT TO SHOW, IT WOULD BE ED.

>> YES.

>> AND THEY GET FREE TREATMENT HERE AS LONG AS THEY ARE IMPROVING. ED IS STILL GETTING HELP WITH SMALL TASKS BUT WORK TO HELP HIM WALK AND RUN IS OVER FOR NOW.

>> YOU WANTED TO RUN AGAIN, DO YOU THINK THAT IS STILL A PRIORITY, DO YOU THINK IT WILL HAPPEN?

>> I HAVE A FEELING, IT'S NOT AS BIG OF A PRIORITY RIGHT NOW.

>> ED HAD ON TO GIVE UP ON THE DREAM. HE DOESN'T HAVE AS MUCH TIME TO DEVOTE TO DEMANDING THERAPY, ED AND KAREN MADE ANOTHER DREAM COME TRUE.

>> HE DOES SUPER.

>> LOOKING FORWARD TO CHIN. HE WANTED SIX CHILDREN WHEN HE WOKE UP AND DIALED BACK TO THREE. I THINK I CAN HANDLE THAT.

>> ABOUT A YEAR AFTER THIS INTERVIEW, FERTILIZATION HELPED THE COUPLE GET PREGNANT AND THEN CAME TWINS, A LITTLE BOY, A LITTLE GIRL.

>> I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO BE A PARENT FOR YEARS. DOUBLE DUTY FOR TWO SOLDIERS WITH SO MUCH HEART.

>> FOR ME THERE IS NO BETTER WAY.

>> KAREN DOESN'T GET MUCH DOWN TIME. EVENINGS ARE ANYTHING BUT EASY. SHE TRADED IN HER MILITARY UNIFORM TO BECOME A FULL TIME CARETAKER FOR HER HUSBAND.

>> KAREN DOES MORE THAN I APPRECIATE.

>> HE CONTINUES TO COME BACK FROM HIS WOUNDS. HE LOST BOTH LEGS, SUFFERED SPINAL FRACTURES AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND TWO STROKES. KAREN WAS THERE SERVING, TOO. SHE HAS BEEN THERE ALL ALONG HELPING ED RECOVER.

>> ANY OTHER COUPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN DESTROYED WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH. THESE TWO ARE JUST AWESOME. SHE IS AWESOME.

>> WE'RE DOING EXTRAORDINARILY WELL.

>> HIS DREAM TO RUN AGAIN IS ON HOLD. HE CAN'T DEVOTE ENOUGH TIME TO REHAB BECAUSE A DIFFERENT DREAM CAME TRUE.

>> WORK IS HARD BUT IT IS WORTH IT.

>> FERTILITY TREATMENTS TO GET PREGNANT.

>> ALL THE CASE MANAGERS, I WANTED TO DO IT.

>> ALANNA AND RYAN WERE BORN IN MARCH. THEY CAME EARLY, VERY EARLY. KAREN KNEW SOMETHING WAS TERRIBLY WRONG. HER MEDICAL TRAINING KICKED IN AND SHE DROVE HERSELF TO THE HOSPITAL.

>> AFTER I WALKED THROUGH THE DOORS OF HOSPITAL, THEY WERE BORN.

>> SHE GOT THERE JUST IN TIME. THEY SAID KAREN ALMOST BLED OUT LOSING TWO LITERS OF BLOOD. SHE AND THE TWINS ALMOST DIED.

>> I NEARLY LOST MY ENTIRE FAMILY. THE.

>> THE TWINS WERE THREE MONTHS PREMATURE AND FIRST WAS TOUCH AND GO. THE PAIN AND SUFFERING HE WENT THROUGH PALED IN COMPARISON.

>> IT FELT HELP.

>> IT WAS NEARLY A WEEK BEFORE ED AND KAREN COULD HOLE THE TWINS.

>> I JUST HELD HER AND I LOOKED AT HER AND PULLED HER LEG AND HELD HER AND LOOKED AT HER AND KISSED HER. IT WAS BREATHTAKING. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.

>> THEY ARE SO SMALL AND SEEM SO FRAGILE.

>> LIKE THEIR PARENTS, THE TWINS ARE FIGHTERS AND NEARLY EIGHT MONTHS LATER... ED AND KAREN HAD NO TROUBLE PICKING NAMES?

>> ALANNA AND RYAN DAVID. RYAN AFTER SERGEANT RYAN GRADY WHO WAS KILLED IN THE SAME BLAST THAT CRITICALLY WOUNDED ED IN JULY OF 2010. MIDDLE NAME DAVID FOR SERGEANT THE SERGEANT WHO TIED THE TOURNIQUET AFTER ED'S LEGS WERE BLOWN OFF. SAVING HIS LIFE BY STOPPING MASSIVE BLOOD LOSS.

>> I WOULDN'T BE HERE.

>> ED HAS ANOTHER REMINDER, TOO. A BRACELET HE ALWAYS WEARS BEARING RYAN GRADY'S NAME. THE GREATEST CASUALTY IS BEING FORGOTTEN. THAT IS TRUE. TWO BABIES AND WOUNDED WAR VET MAY SEEM LIKE A LOT ON ONE PERSON'S PLATE BUT KAREN SAYS SHE FEELS LUCKY.

>> THAT IS FUNNY LOOK.

>> TO STILL HAVE ED AND HAVE HER TWO LITTLE ANGELS.

>> EVERY TIME I LOOK AT THEM.

>> ED HELPS KAREN WHERE HE CAN AND THEY BOTH LOVE SO MUCH.

>> THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO EXPLAIN IT, THEY ARE PERFECT. THEY ARE THE PERFECT EXPRESSION OF LOVE WE HAVE FOR EACH OTHER, THAT WE HAVE FOR LIFE.

>> THEY ARE THE PERFECT MIX OF US.

>> BUT WITH THE TWINS THE COUPLE FACED SOME TOUGH CHOICES. ED STOPPED HIS GRUELING REHAB TO LEARN TO WALK AND KAREN IS GIVING UP SOMETHING, TOO. AFTER MORE THAN 15 YEARS IN THE MILITARY AND JUST FIVE YEARS AWAY FROM RETIREMENT, KAREN HAS DECIDED NOT TO REENLIST WITH THE VERMONT MONITOR NATIONAL GUARD AND THEY WILL REMAIN HERE IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS SHE RESIGNS FROM THE VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD IN DECEMBER. SHE FELT IT BEST TO GET OUT.

>> I CANNOT DEPLOY AGAIN. THERE IS NO TWO WAYS AROUND IT. NOT WITH CARING FOR THE BABIES.

>> ED SACRIFICED HIS DREAM TO INSTEAD WORK ON GAINING CONTROL OF HIS LEFT ARM DAMAGED BY THE STROKE PRIMARILY TO HELP OUT MORE AROUND THE HOUSE. TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO MORE AND KAREN FOR THOSE BABIES AND THE SAME WAY EACH NIGHT.

>> IT SOUNDS GREAT.

>> AFTER THE SEATINGS AND THE DIAPER CHANGES.

>> I LOVE BLUEBERRY PANCAKES.

>> I LIKE YOU BOTH LIKE I LOVE VANILLA MILK SHAKE. I LOVE YOU BOTH.

>> YOU ARE ALL RIGHT. GOOD NIGHT.

>> I GOT BUTTERFLIES AS ANYONE WOULD.

>> THE SERGEANT NEVER THOUGHT THIS DAY WOULD COME AND IT ALMOST DIDN'T. ED WAS NEARLY KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN WHEN HIS MILITARY VEHICLE HIT A MASSIVE ROADSIDE BOMB, ONE OTHER VERMONT GUARD SOLDIER RYAN GRADY DIED IN THE BLAST.

>> THE BIGGEST THING FOR ME HERE, I CAME HOME. I KNOW A LOT OF GUYS WEREN'T ABLE TO. ON THAT SIDE OF COIN, AND THE FACT LIKE RYAN I'LL NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN. HE DIDN'T GET TO MAKE IT HOME.

>> THREE AND A HALF YEARS AFTER THE EXPLOSION... ED SACRIFICE RECOGNIZED WITH THE MILITARY'S PURPLE HEART WITH A SPECIAL CEREMONY IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.

>> THIS IS NOT ED'S FIRST PURPLE HEART CEREMONY. HE DOESN'T REMEMBER HIS FIRST. IT WAS GIVEN TO HIM JUST 12 HOURS AFTER THE BLAST BECAUSE MILITARY OFFICIALS DIDN'T THINK HE WOULD MAKE IT.

>> HE WAS IN A BAD WAY.

>> MAJOR GENERAL WILL ROY WAS THERE. HE COMMANDED VERMONT'S 86th BRIGADE IN AFGHANISTAN. ED LOST HIS LEGS, SUFFERED SPINAL FRACTURES AND TWO STROKES. IT WAS A NIGHT THE GENERAL WILL NEVER FORGET.

>> JUST TO SEE THE TRAUMA THAT ED HAD SUFFERED HAVING LOST RYAN.

>> MILITARY OFFICIALS PULLED A CAMOUFLAGED SHEET OVER HIM THAT NIGHT. HE WAS IN A COMA AND NEAR DEATH. KAREN A MEDIC RUSHED TO HIS SIDE AT THE MILITARY HOSPITAL BASE.

>> THE LOOK ON HER FACE, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH IT.

>> TO HIS DOCTORS' SURPRISE THEY DID BUT IT WOULD BE A LONG AND ROUGH ROAD. YEARS OF DEMANDING REHABILITATION AND SPECIALIZED TREATMENT WHERE ED LEARNED EVERY DAY TASKS ALL OVER AGAIN. AT THE CENTER FOR THE ININTREPID IN SAN ANTONIO. BUT IT WAS THE POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND UNBREAKABLE BOND BETWEEN ED AND KAREN THAT GOT THEM FARTHER THAN THEY THOUGHT EVERY POSSIBLE.

>> HOW THESE HUGE OBSTACLES WERE OVERCOME. THESE TWO ARE JUST LIKE GRANITE. AMAZING.

>> GENERAL ROY REUNITED WITH THE COUPLE IN SAN ANTONIO.

>> THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE I WOULD WANT TO BE ON THE PLANET.

>> AND PINNED THE MILITARY HONORS ON HIM. THE GENERAL ALSO RECOGNIZED THE SOLDIERS IN HIS VERMONT BRIGADE WHO NEVER MADE IT HOME.

>> WE LOST FIVE SOLDIERS IN OUR BRIGADE. I CARRY THOSE SOLDIERS WITH ME EVERY DAY JUST LIKE MOST COMMANDERS DO.

>> IT'S PART OF A FAMILY.

>> IT'S KIND OF EMOTIONAL.

>> AND ED RECOGNIZES THE PERSON WHO GOT HIM THROUGH THE WORST OF IT. HIS WIFE, THE MOTHER OF HIS TWINS AND LOVE OF HIS HEART.

>> I ATTRIBUTE ALL OF MY RECOVERY TO HER. SHE IS MY STRENGTH.

>>> I TALKED TO DAR

>>> WELCOME BACK. I'M HERE WITH DARREN AND SUM AN EMOTIONAL STORY DARREN. FIRST OF ALL, WHAT DO YOU TAKE AWAY COVERING THE YOUR ANY OVER SO MANY YEARS.

>> AS YOU KNOW, WE REALLY STARTED SHORTLY AFTER THE EXPLOSION HAPPENED IN AFGHANISTAN. WE BOTH TRAVELED TO THE SCENE WHERE THIS STORY REALLY BEGIN, THE SITE OF THE EXPLOSION WHERE WE UNFORTUNATELY LOST A SOLDIER AND ED WAS CRITICALLY WOUNDED. I THINK WHAT I TOOK AWAY FROM THIS COUPLE THE AMAZING STRENGTH THEY HAD. WHERE DOES THIS STRENGTH COME FROM? I THINK THEIR DOCTORS HAVE BEEN SURPRISED HOW WELL ED HAD DONE. REALLY, A TRIBUTE ALL THIS SUCCESS THEY HAVE, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SETBACKS TO THAT STRENGTH TO THEIR LOVE WHICH IS SOMETHING I'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.

>> DOCTOR CALLED IT GRANITE. HOW FITTING. YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH. ALL THE SETBACKS AND ALL THE SUCCESSES, THE HIGHS AND LOWS, THE TREATMENTS TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN, DID THEY EVER HAVE A MOMENT IN THE RELATIONSHIP WHERE IT CAME TO A BREAKING POINT. THERE ARE COUPLES THAT DEAL WITH FAR LESS?

>> NO AT BREAKING POINT FOR THEM AS A COUPLE CERTAINLY. ED HAS TALKED PUBLICLY ABOUT THE PTSD SIDE OF THE WAR THE. HOW BIG OF A CHALLENGE TO GET PAST THE INVISIBLE WOUNDS AND HE WAS BANGED FROM UP THE EXPLOSION. ALSO IN THESE SITUATIONS AND ACROSS THE BOARD FOR MANY SOLDIERS COME BACK FROM WAR EVEN IF NOT WOUNDED PHYSICALLY, THERE IS A HUGE MENTAL CHALLENGE THAT COMES WITH SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN OR IRAQ, THERE ARE TERRIBLE THINGS THAT YOU EXPERIENCE. ED ADMITS THERE WERE SOME TOUGH TIMES. HE GOT COUNSELING AS WELL AT THE CENTER FOR THE INTREPID WHICH IS THE BASE IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. THEY MAKE A GOOD JOB IN ADDITION TO THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, ALL THE REBILL FACE TO GET THESE SOLDIERS TO DO EVERYDAY TASKS TO WALK, THERE IS A MASSIVE BURN CENTER THERE. THE MENTAL SIDE IS ALSO TAKING A TOLL. ED REALLY SAYS IT WAS KAREN'S STRENGTH AND HER STABILITY THAT GOT HIM THROUGH THOSE EVEN TOUGH TIMES FOR HIS MENTAL HEALTH.

>> HOW DOES KAREN STAY SO STRONG?

>> THAT IS GOOD QUESTION. SHE JUST LOVED HIM SO MUCH AND HER COUNTRY. THESE TWO ARE REAL PATRIOTS. SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY, GIVEN THE SITUATION AND EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED TO ED, SOME FOLKS MAY WONDER, COULD THEY STILL STAND BEHIND THE MISSION THAT THEY WERE ON, 1500 OTHER VERMONT GUARD SOLDIERS. THEY ARE TRUE COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN.

>> OTHERS WANT TO SHARE THEIR STORY, THEY WERE VERY OPEN WITH YOU ABOUT EVERYTHING?

>> I THINK IN PART THEY WERE AWAY FROM HOME. THIS WAS A CHANCE FOR A LOT OF THE FOLKS HAD REACHED OUT TO THEM AFTER THIS EXPLOSION BECAUSE ED WAS ONE OF THE MOST CRITICALLY WOUNDED IN VERMONT, IN THE VERMONT BRIGADE. A LOT OF FOLKS WANTED TO KEEP IN TOUCH. WHEN THE I REACHED OUT TO THEM INITIALLY, I THINK THERE MAY HAVE BEEN A BIT OF HESITATION AT FIRST. I THINK THERE WAS STILL UNCERTAINTY HOW WELL ED WOULD RECOVER AT THAT POINT. IT WAS VERY EARLY ON. YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THE SHOT IN THE LAST PIECE WHERE KAREN IS WALKING AND HOLDING ON TO ED'S WHEELCHAIR AS THEY ARE WALKING DOWN A LINE OF SOLDIERS AND THEY WELCOME THEM HOME. I CALLED AHEAD AND SAID WE REALLY LIKE TO BE HERE. YOUR STORY WOULD HAVE A HUGE IMPACT HERE IN VERMONT. THIS IS THROUGH KAREN AT THIS POINT. THERE WAS A BIT OF HESITATION AT FIRST, WHEN I EX COMPLAINED TO HER THAT EVERYBODY IS ROUTING FOR THEM AND SHE CAME AROUND. ONCE SHE SAW THE FIRST STORY I HAD DONE ON THEM I THINK THAT SHE RECOGNIZED FROM THE FEEDBACK, FROM THAT STORY THAT PEOPLE CARED.

>> HAVE YOU TALKED IN THE MOST RECENT TIMES?

>> THEY ARE ALWAYS SO THANKFUL AND GRATITUDE FOR EVEN SMALL THINGS. IT'S JUST AMAZING. THEY ARE JUST SUCH AN INSPIRATION. YOU KNOW AS A JOURNALIST AND I DO, YOU TRY TO SEPARATE YOURSELF AND HOW YOU FEEL PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE INTERVIEWING. MAN, IT IS TOUGH TO REMOVE YOURSELF WHEN YOU GET SO INVOLVED IN SUCH A CHALLENGING YET INSPIRATIONAL LIFE TO EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO THEM JULY 2nd, 2010.

>> WHAT IS NEXT FOR THEM? THEY HAVE THERAPY AND DREAM OF WALKING IS ON HOLD RIGHT NOW. WHAT IS LEFT IN HIS THERAPY, HAND MOVEMENT HE IS FOCUSING ON AND WHAT IS THE PROGNOSIS ON THAT?

>> THAT IS GOING TO BE TOUGH, AS WELL. THAT WAS PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF THE STROKE THAT HAPPENED AFTER THE EXPLOSION. HE DESCRIBE IT LIKE THE GPS SYSTEM DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE COMING FROM THE BRAIN TO HIS ARM. WE WERE JUST CHATTING, NOW I'M HAVING TO DEAL WITH OLD AND USELESS ROAD MAPS INSTEAD OF MY GPS SYSTEM. WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THAT HAND TO WORK. THAT IS PRIMARILY HE CAN GIVE KAREN A HAND AT HOME. SHE HAS HER HANDS FULL. SHE HAS TWO TWINS. SHE HAS A WOUNDED WAR VET. THEY DO GET HELP A COUPLE TIMES A WEEK FROM A HOME HEALTH NURSE COMES IN. HELPS TO GET THINGS AROUND THE HOUSE, ORGANIZE THAT KIND OF THING. THEY DO GET HELP. REALLY THEY NEED TO STAY NEAR SAN ANTONIO SO ED CAN BE FOCUSED IN REHABILITATION WORK JUST TO GET HIS HAND TO WORK. HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE EVENTUALLY WHEN THE KIDS ARE OLDER, HE WOULD LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAYBE TRY WALKING AND RUNNING AGAIN. THAT IS ON HOLD AT THIS POINT. THE THING IS YOU CAN GET THIS INTENSE TREATMENT. IT IS GRUELING TREATMENT, HOURS AND HOURS A DAY TO TRY TO GET TO WALK. THEN IT IS TOUGH WORK. HE BREAKS A MAJOR SWEAT WHEN HE IS TRYING TO EVEN STAND. HE WOULD LIKE TO GET BACK TO THAT SOME DAY. YOU HAVE TO PROVE THAT YOU ARE MAKING PROGRESS.

>> THAT IS MY QUESTION, EVEN WITH THE THERAPY HE IS DOING NOW YOU HAVE TO PROVE THAT YOU ARE MAKING PROGRESS. WHAT IF THAT PROGRESS SLOWS DOWN. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE FAMILY?

>> THAT IS LIKELY. THE DOCTORS SAID ALMOST EVERYBODY REACHES A PLATEAU POINT. WHEN YOUR BODY IS SO DESTROYED IN SOMETHING LIKE AN EXPLOSION, YOU END UP WITH BEING, THIS WILL BE THE NEW NORM. THIS IS PLATEAU AND THIS IS AS FAR YOUR BODY CAN TAKE YOU. SAID A DETERMINED MAN. HE SAYS HE HAS NOT PLATEAUED. IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. IF CAN TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL, HIS THERAPIST AND DOCTORS SAY IT WILL BE A MAJOR UPHILL BATTLE TO DO SO. THEY ARE NOT RULING IT OUT BECAUSE HE HAS PROVED THEM WRONG SO MANY TIMES ALREADY, HE'LL THAT HAVE OPPORTUNITY.

>> WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THE SERIES?

>> SO MUCH. YOU MEET A LOST INSPIRING PEOPLE DOING WHAT WE DO. JUST SEEING THEIR STRENGTH, THEIR LOVE, HOW THEY HAVE IMPACTED OTHER PEOPLE, THEY ARE SORT OF ROCK STARS AROUND THE SAN ANTONIO CAMPUS JUST BECAUSE OF WHERE THEY STARTED AND WHERE THEY ARE NOW.

>> I WANT TO KEEP THIS STORY WITH ME. THANKS SO MUCH. THANKS AT HOME FOR WATCHING. HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY. TAKE CARE.

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