Story by Linda Dahlstrom, photos by Joshua Trujillo / #starbucks Newsroom
It’s a sight she once thought she might never see again. It was simple really – her son, standing in the morning sun talking to friends. Annie Remsburg knew that doctors once predicted it would be impossible for her boy to ever talk or walk again. Yet there he was Monday (Sept. 11) morning, doing just that.
In fact, the doctors weren’t sure her son was going to live. Cory Remsburg, now 34, was an elite Army Ranger serving in Afghanistan in his 10th deployment, when he and his platoon hit an improvised explosive device (IED) on Oct. 1, 2009.
His parents got a call a few hours later. “They said he’d been found injured, submerged in water – and not breathing,” his dad, Craig Remsburg, remembers. They flew to his side at Landstuhl Regional Medical center where they learned that shrapnel had entered his brain.
Today, he is blind in one eye and is partially paralyzed. He’s able to take steps with support but also uses a wheelchair to get around. Despite all the odds, he’s here – and he’s not one to feel sorry for himself. “There’s always someone worse off,” Cory Remsburg said.
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