When American soldiers can survive having all their limbs removed in the field, many would say America’s enemies should be frightened and (perhaps more importantly) God should be thanked. Such is the case with Travis Mills, an army staff sergeant who was caught in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED), which blew off both of Mills’ arms and both of his legs. Miraculously, he’s still alive, breathing and conscious, according to Fox News:
Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, of Vassar, Mich., was injured when he stepped on an IED April 10 while serving with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is recuperating at a hospital in Germany and hopes to return stateside on Tuesday, three days after his 25th birthday, his father told FoxNews.com. [...]
“Travis was scheduled for surgery [Sunday]; however, they said he is stable enough to wait until Monday morning just so everything is freshly done before his flight home,” Mills’ wife Kelsey wrote. ”The nurse told me what an honor it is to be with Travis, and what a great man he is, and how everyone there loves him (as well as everywhere else). She was able to finally give him a glass of milk and he was so happy.”
Mills is only the fourth quadruple amputee in military history to survive his injuries, according to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation, which have reached out to Mills’ family to offer support.
You can also watch Fox’s full report on Mills’ condition below:
Mills has a website that provides regular updates on his condition, and includes links that can be used to send money for his medical treatment.