Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Just as a little background...Dan stepped on an IED pressure plate while leading his platoon in operation in Afghanistan on September 8th. He received immediate care in theater and was flown to Germany, then to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda on the 11th. His immediate family, as well as several close friends from his SEAL team were at the hospital upon his arrival. His condition was very critical at that time but he has knocked everybody's socks off since then with his progress.
Until today Dan has been ventilated as well as sedated, as he was unable to breathe on his own. He has undergone several surgeries, and will continue to have several more in the coming months. At this point, he has had both legs amputated at the knee. He may need to have these amputations revised later on in the week in order to better fit his prosthetics in the future. He has an open book pelvic fracture, as well as extensive deep tissue and internal wounds to the lower half of his body. From the waist up, everything else is great! No brain damage, no paralysis, no torso or facial injuries.
Today I received a text message from Dan's nurse first thing in the morning telling me to come right away. When I got to the hospital Dan was off the breathing tube, awake, alert, and talking!! He actually won't stop talking. He remembers everything in theater, including the blast injury and being carried to the helicopter. He is aware of the extent of his injuries and has a remarkable attitude. He is so positive and looking forward to the future. Dan is surrounded by friends and family and can't stop telling everyone how lucky he feels. He's especially excited to get his new bionic legs soon so he can run faster than anyone.
We love Dan so much, and are so proud of him. It's been a very emotional day for everyone - we really feel that everybody's prayers have made the difference here. Miracles are happening every day in this ICU and Dan so appreciates everyone's love and support. He is having another surgery tomorrow to wash out all his tissue wounds - there is a huge risk of infection with blast injuries like this, so everyone please keep the prayers coming.
Thank you all for your continued love and support.