Sgt. Joshua Bouchard
Marine Sergeant Joshua Bouchard was on his second deployment when he lost his left leg and broke his back after his vehicle drove over a pressure plated IED in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on July 8th, 2009. While out on a night mission, Sgt. Bouchard and four other Marines were injured in the blast; two of his team did not survive their injuries. Ejected from the vehicle, Sgt. Bouchard’s left leg was severed by the gun turret, causing a traumatic amputation. When he hit the ground, his back was broken by the impact and he suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. Lifesaving measures were performed and a tourniquet applied by one of his injured comrades helped stop his loss of blood. A British Royal Marine performed a direct person transfusion on-site to keep Josh from dying on the battlefield. Unconscious, Sgt. Bouchard was treated at a local hospital before being airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany where he spent two weeks being stabilized for transport to Bethesda Medical Center. Two weeks later he arrived at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA and began his intensive rehabilitation, spending 11 months in therapies before being transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC where he remains at this time.
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