Quadruple amputee walks, plays, wakesurfs


BRIAN:..THE MAN FROM ALTO, WHO LOST HIS LIMBS FROM A STRANGE CASE OF STREP THROAT–HAS HAD A PRETTY BUSY SUMMER! SUMMER!MARLEE:..ALL THANKS TO PROSTHETICS–HE’S OUT OF A WHEELCHAIR AND WALKING… EVEN WAKE-BOARDING! 3 24 HOUR NEWS 8’S HEATHER WALKER CAUGHT UP WITH HIM EARLIER TONIGHT. SHE JOINS US WITH HIS CONTINUED RECOVERY– IN A STORY YOU’LL SEE ONLY ON 8. 3 HEATHER:..THE LAST TIME WE SAT DOWN AND TALKED TO KEVIN BREEN AND HIS WIFE JULIE WAS IN MAY. FOUR MONTHS LATER — ITS AMAZING TO SEE ALL HE’S ACCOPLISHED 3 (((WAKE SURFING VIDEO))) THIS WAS KEVIN BREEN’S GOAL FOR THE SUMMER —- TO WAKE SURF –. 16:34:19 “IT WAS AWESOME. I DIDN’T GO FOR VERY LONG, BUT STILL I WAS ABLE TO GET UP AND THAT WAS A BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR ME. THAT WAS A BIG DEAL.”A HUGE DEAL WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT WHERE HE STARTED — . IT’S A MIRICLE HE’S EVEN ALIVE — HE SURVIVED A STRONG STRAIN OF STREP THAT TRAVELED TO HIS STOMACH — HIS LIFE WAS SAVED, BUT DOCTOR’S COULDN’T SAVE HIS LIMBS THE BLOOD HAD ALREADY EFT HIS EXTRIMITY TO SAVE HIS VITAL ORGANS. KEVIN WENT THOUGH MULTIPLE SURGERIES, POSTECTIC FITTINGS AND HOURS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY.(((VIDEO OF WALKING)))16:33:07 “THOSE FIRST STEPS WERE VERY DIFFICULT.”IN JUNE KEVIN TOOK HIS FIRST STEPS. JULY HE HAD HIS LAST SURGERYAND THIS MONTH HE GOT A NEW HAND. 16:35:37 “I’M STILL GETTING USED TO IT,” IT OPENS AND CLOSES WITH THE MOTION OF HIS WRIST SEPTEMBER IS ALSO HIS BIRTHDAY MONTH — HE TURNED 45 A 3 FEW WEEKS AGO. 16:36:39 “I DON’T THINK THAT YOU EVER DREAMT THAT THIS IS WHAT LIFE WOULD BE LIKE AT 45.” “NO ABSOLUTELY NOT, NEVER DID I ENVISION I WOULDN’T HAVE MY LEGS OR MY HANDS.”BUT IT DIDN’T DAMPER THE CELEBRATION 16:36:57 “. IT’S OKAY, “I’M JUST THANKFUL THAT I AM GETTING STRONGER, I’M GETTING BETTER. I’M BECOMING MORE AND MORE INDEPENDED.”((( 16:54:59 — POURING MILK (BIG FEAT) ))) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS LIKE BEING ABLE TO POUR HIMSELF A DRINK THAT ARE HUGE MILESTONES. 16:40:17 “PUTTING A LOAD OF LAUNDRY IN AND JUST DOING SIMPLE THINGS THAT PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED,”LIKE PLAYING WITH HIS KIDS. 16:55:48 “I LIKE DADDY BE ABLE TO PICK ME UP.” THAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART?” “UM HMM”16:39:33 “EVERYDAY HE COMES HOME HE CAN DO MORE AND MORE.” 16:53:20 “WAKE UP GET MY LEGS ON, GET READY FOR THE DAY. GET THE KIDS READY FOR SCHOOL GET BREAKFAST, WE ARE JUST KIND OF LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.” JUST GOT A COUPLE EXTRA STEPS IN THERE.”—–(((GOOD NAT 16:51:55 “THANK YOU” — GRABBING A PLATE)))) 3 HEATHER:..KEVIN ‘S NEXT BIG GOAL IS -DRVING. HE WILL WORK WITH MARY FREE BED TO LEARN HOW TO DRIVE AGAIN. 3 ++WRAP W/HEATHER

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