Army SPC Luis Puertas, from the 4th infantry division was left a double amputee after an EFP explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, on September 20, 2006. SPC Puertas was the driver of the lead HUMVEE on a daily patrol near Sadar City when an unseen EFP, planted at the base of a light pole, launched into the vehicle.
The explosion amputated both of his legs on impact and left him trapped beneath the 400 pound up-armored door of the HUMVEE. Miraculously, his team was able to extricate him from the wreckage and prepare him for medevac from the scene. After 14 months, he completed his rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was medically retired from the military.
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