25 January, 2008

Coolest. Thing. Ever.

Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill lost both his legs above the knees when a bomb exploded under his Humvee while on patrol in Iraq on October 15, 2006. He has 32 pins in his hip and a 6-inch screw holding his pelvis together.

Above-the-knee double amputees face tremendous challenges when learning to walk again. If they do walk, it is with exhausting effort and precarious balance. But now, the same technology found in your average cell phone is making things a little easier.

But that's not the coolest thing. The coolest thing is toward the end of the link:
What are his long-range plans?

He just wants to make it back to his home state of Indiana and work for a charity or even help the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

"They do a lot for the community," he said.

He added he simply wants "to give back."


[H/T Kat at The Castle]