Ademola Adam October 12 2019
The story has been told of the soldier who had to cut off his own leg in his bid to save his colleagues.
“My cell phone saved my life,” Maes said in a Monday Defense Department Press release
There was a hydraulic leak in the 65-ton M1A2 Abrams tank and it was going about 90 miles per hour. The operational systems weren’t responding, either.
“We realized there was nothing else we could do and just held on,” Maes said in the release.
Despite losing a leg, Maes said he feels “super lucky.”
“My crew all does. So many things could have gone wrong. Besides my leg, we all walked away pretty much unscathed,” he said.
Amazingly, Maes is keeping a positive attitude about the whole situation.
“When something like this happens, it’s easy to give up because your life won’t be the same, and you’re not wrong,” he said. “Life will take a 180, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Don’t let it hinder you from moving forward.”
Maes is now assigned to the Brooke Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
He now hopes to help other people who’ve lost their limbs by becoming a prosthetist.
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