One of Sam’s more serious wounds that occurred in Iraq was a leg wound that created a six inch by four inch gash in one of his calf muscles. Yesterday the doctors cleaned out this wound and were debating on whether or not to amputate Sam’s leg at the knee. Erin sent us a text message yesterday and told us that the wound was healing enough that an amputation was not necessary. Erin attributes the saving of the leg to all the prayers that have been coming in from all over the country. She said she is really starting to understand the power of prayer and is so thankful to everyone for the comments of support and prayer they have been leaving on this web blog.
Yesterday Erin and Sam were visited by the Assistant-Commandant of the Marine Corp, General Robert Magnus. He was in Washington D.C. and heard about Sam’s plight. When he arrived at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, he presented Sam with the purple heart. He also gave Erin his card and told her to call him if he could be of further assistance to her. She said the general was very personable and really impressed her with his concern and empathy.