SSGT Charles was injured in May of 2013 when his vehicle rolled over an IED and it exploded under his side of the vehicle. He suffered a shattered pelvis and internal injuries. He is still recovering in ICU. The biggest concern is infection as his body has suffered a great deal of trauma and he has undergone several surgeries. It is reported that he is making a great deal of progress and still has his sense of humor. His spirits were really lifted when OT brought a motorized wheelchair in his room. Seems his goal is to work his way into it so he can escape the confines of his room. Just having it in the room with him now is incentive for looking ahead for what is to come. He will be dependent on a wheelchair for mobility until he is able to bear his own weight and begin to walk again. SSGT Charles, his wife Dee and their three children appreciate all of you for keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.
UPDATE: July 2013 We recently learned of HUGE news in SSGT Charles recovery! He is certainly exceeding the doctor's expectations, which is fantastic - but they are certainly not trying to get ahead of themselves! He recently had plates and pins placed in his ankle and a procedure to help his pancreas operate properly. SSGT Charles took the brunt of the explosion so multiple organs were damaged due to the sheer force of the impact but his heart is heart is healing and his kidneys are almost back to fully functioning! His doctors think he may have a lower spinal cord injury but they say it could also be nerve inflammation from all the trauma ( a few of his lumbar vertebrates were broken) SSGT Charles thinks there may have been nearly 700 lbs. of explosives in the IED that detonated directly under his seat. He is so fortunate and strong! He will be transferring to a rehabilitation center that specializes in helping veterans recover from injuries like his. Please continue to keep SSGT Charles and his family in your prayers. They wanted us to know "The cards and letters have really lifted him up" Wishing him the very, very best and continued improvements!!
UPDATE: October 2012 SSGT Charles walked across the floor of his physical therapy room with the assistance of a walker for the first time!!! he has also gained back a "healthy" 10 lbs...myst be that home cooking from Dee :) the family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and strong words of support. Keep on keepin' on Charles!!!
UPDATE: 11-10-13 Well, now that the time has passed, I can "let the cat outta the bag" so to speak......SSG Charles' family and friends arranged a SURPRISE homecoming for him earlier this month! Complete with a police and motorcycle escort from the beginning of town all the way to their local VFW for a community potluck supper. A great time was had by all. According to Charles....."I knew something was going on. I just didn't know what yet..." What a awesome surprise!
UPDATE: April 13 2014
We were able to get a nice update about Charles this week. Here is what Dee had to say:
"Hi everyone! We realize it has been a while since we've updated on Charles' progress, and we understand everyone would like to know how he's doing. He's feeling and healing well now. He is walking fully on his own, without any assistance. There are few issues he and his Dr.'s are working through but none that he is going to let deter him from reaching his goals. He is receiving physical therapy regularly and even started swim therapy. As some of you know, Charles grew up on a lake and for him being able to get in the water again is huge. Not only for his physical being but also his mental health. He has gained back healthy weight, and is at the same BMI as he was prior to his injury. Charles has also had the opportunity to reconnect with his fellow soldiers that he was deployed with when he was injured, this also has been a great healing experience for him and I hope both them as well. Charles' road to recovery has been blessed and we thank God everyday for the grace that he has bestowed on us. We thank you all too for being so supportive and understanding in such a time of need. God bless you all.
HAPPY ALIVE DAY SSGT CHARLES! It has been one year this month since SSGT Charles was injured. We are so pleased to report continues to feel well and heal.
Date added to program: 6/15/2013
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