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 nearly 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 strolling in brain. He desired to run, and run speedy. slightly 3 years after the grim assault that modified his lifestyles eternally, he aimed to affix 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 among the so much extraordinary, inspiring, and compelling tales within the heritage of activities.
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Debbie said. ” “He came in on this call,” an attendant told her. ” “He’s up in surgery. ” “I’ve got to get up there,” Debbie said. “Wait, there’s something you need to know before you go up there,” the attendant said. ” Debbie began to cry. Then she walked to her barracks to pack some clothes. Wherever I was headed next, my cousin was going with me. The explosion had mutilated my leg, leaving the surgeons no shot at saving it. The lack of blood flow below the ruptured artery in my right thigh had killed much of the tissue beneath that point.
As I lunged to hit him, one of our linebackers simultaneously closed on the ball carrier and got to him first. I brushed the running back as he fell. I didn’t even check the stats to find out if I was credited with half a tackle. I was just thrilled to have had that single moment. I didn’t know it then, but my college football career was over. When we opened spring practices in 2000, I was bigger and felt more comfortable on the field. One moment during a scrimmage still stands out. The quarterback faked a pitch to the running back, held the ball, and made a bootleg sprint toward the sideline.
Because folks stayed cozy with the land, it helped instill a traditional brand of values that seems almost frozen in time compared to other parts of the country, a code of conduct more suited to the 1940s. indd 29 5/15/08 1:56:14 PM AMPED would seek government aid. The place has a true community feel. At my mom’s house, family drops by at all hours to eat, chat, or just watch TV. While people in that area are close to the land, they are even closer to the Bible. At our church, Mount Pleasant Baptist, my mom sings in the small choir and my dad is an usher.
Amped: A Soldier's Race for Gold in the Shadow of War by Kortney Clemons