Marine Corporal Tyler Southern was on his second deployment when he lost both of his legs above the knees, his right arm above the elbow, and shattered his left arm and hand after stepping on an IED in Musa Qala in the Now Zad District of Afghanistan on May 5, 2010. Having no recollection of what happened prior to the blast, Cpl Southern has been told by his squad members that he stepped on a 10 pound, pressure plated IED while searching for insurgents in a walled compound. Lifesaving measures at the scene readied Cpl. Southern for the MEDEVAC to Camp Bastion Hospital in Afghanistan while squad members secured the area. After be airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany, Tyler was transported to Bethesda Naval Medical Center where he spent nearly two weeks in a coma, awaking to find his family surrounding his hospital bed, including his two brothers, both active duty service members. Tyler would spend another three months recovering at Bethesda before transferring to Walter Reed where he continues receiving therapies at this time.
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