By Kortney Clemons
"When above-the-knee amputeeswalk, we generate seven to 9 instances 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, begun the method, he had greater than jogging in brain. He desired to run, and run speedy. slightly 3 years after the bleak assault that modified his lifestyles endlessly, 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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Indd 20 5/15/08 1:55:05 PM MEDIC DOWN feet away, Day was thrown fifteen feet back, and Lhotka was sent skidding twenty feet across the pavement, landing in the middle of the inside, westbound lane. But Turner wouldn’t know their exact identities until he reached the three men. The second Minnesota staff sergeant, Perseke, had started walking toward the overturned Humvee when the blast erupted. Standing forty feet away, he took some small pieces of shrapnel in his triceps—something he never reported.
During my sophomore year in high school, I got my girlfriend pregnant. She wanted to have the baby. As a sixteen-year-old boy, I knew that I needed to stand by her, and I did. But at school, my girlfriend frequently and loudly accused me of infidelity, causing her to get suspended. indd 33 5/15/08 1:56:15 PM AMPED performed. The words were so vulgar that I would be uncomfortable repeating them here. But the principal overheard them and suspended me. My mom stepped in immediately. “I know you have a child with her, but if you want to continue to do well in school, you’re going to have to leave,” Mom said.
Perseke started to lean down toward Lhotka. Turner tried to grab his arm to stop him. “Dan, just don’t,” Turner said. Perseke ignored him and knelt over his friend, crouching to avoid further explosions and possible bullets, not knowing if the attack would continue. indd 21 5/15/08 1:55:05 PM AMPED mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions. When dark red blood oozed from Lhotka’s mouth, Perseke stopped. One week after Lhotka died, Perseke’s pregnant wife, Lori, was helping decorate the church back in Appleton where Lhotka’s funeral was about to be held.
Amped: A Soldier's Race for Gold in the Shadow of War by Kortney Clemons