Justin received his Purple Heart today from President Barack Obama. He was 1 of 3 honorees who received the award from the President today. Normally the Commandant or Assistant Commandant would present it for the Marines and the same equivalent for the other branches of service. President Obama visits the troops every six months and will present a few of the Purple Hearts when he visits. Justin is one of a small group to receive their purple heart from President Obama.
Today was a very long day and we had to be to the hospital by 5 am. We didn't want to take a chance of getting locked out by the secret service. I will blog tomorrow about the whole experience. As for Justin he will just being going for washouts tomorrow. The hand surgeon and plastic surgeon want to discuss other options for his hands that might decrease the length of the surgery. Justin was not feeling so well this afternoon after the ceremony, but finally started feeling better tonight. We are hoping he gets a good night sleep because he had a very long day.
I know we have not mentioned the full extend of Justin's injuries, but he has given us permission. Justin is a bilateral above the knee amputee. (He is very lucky that both legs are directly above the knee) Justin is missing his right thumb. His left pinky finger, his metacarpal bone to his ring finger, and 1/2 of his middle finger on left hand. Justin may loose the ring finger on the left hand but that is part of the hand flaps dilemma. The explosion also cause pneumonia, and two pulmonary embolisms to his lungs (blood clots). He has also had repeated collapsed lungs and just recently discovered hole in his heart known as ASD. Thankfully his brain is fine and he did not suffer any type of head injury. Initially Justin was fortunate because he didn't have any trauma from the mid thigh up (minus the hands). He now has an abdominal incision because of surgery last week. We were amazed that he didn't have a scratch or bruise from mid thigh to face when we first saw him.
We wanted to explain the injuries because pictures will be circulating around. Attached below are pictures from today. We will receive the official pictures from the White House staff within a month.