While on routine patrol, Travis was injured when an IED (improvised explosive device) blew up causing him to be thrown backward violently. When he came to his senses, he saw the medic putting a tourniquet on each of his arms and his legs. Ultimately, portions of both his arms and legs had to be amputated. He is only the fourth quadruple amputee from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to actually survive his injuries.
After numerous surgeries, Travis began the long and difficult road to recovery. Using his wife and young baby daughter as motivation, Travis worked tirelessly to regain some ability to do activities of daily living. It is hard to even imagine the difficulties of his rehab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Usually, if you have a leg issue, you rely on your arms and hands with crutches or walkers to get around. If you have issues with your upper extremities, you can use your feet to get around and even learn to pick things up. But Travis had to relearn everything without any of his extremities. Using prosthetics and other medical devices, Travis has really learned to live in his new reality. His amazing strength should be an inspiration to anyone going through a tough time.
For more information, visit his website: www.travismills.org.