I salute this young man and this terrific story. His spirit through what he faced is truly one of a kind that makes me proud to have served and proud to be an American.
Taylor Morris grew up as a thrill seeker with a passion for extreme sports, with the ability to stay calm under intense pressure.
So when he joined the Navy, he naturally gravitated towards the toughest challenges out there, focusing his passion into becoming an Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician.
The 23-year-old Navy petty officer had been using a metal detector to clear a path for his Army Special Forces team in Afghanistan on May 3 when he stepped on an IED, an improvised explosives device.
In the blast, Morris lost both legs at the knee, his left arm at the elbow and his right hand.
Taylor landed back in the explosion crater, but despite the horrific injuries he had sustained, he remained conscious and did not go into shock.
Even though the 23-year-old was bleeding profusely from all four severed limbs, he called to the oncoming medics to stay away from the site of the blast so as not to put them in danger in case there were other mines around.
The area around the injured man was finally cleared by the second EOD specialist, and the medic administered combat casualty care. Morris remained alert throughout the whole ordeal.
Taylor was flown out and became one of the few to survive a quadruple amputation.
While many would be mentally destroyed after similar trauma, Taylor’s unbridled optimism is amazing.
His girlfriend (now fiancé) Danielle Kelly – has been by his side every step of the way. You can see what they’ve been up to this year and support Taylor and Danielle at TaylorMorris.org. Check out this incredible tribute.
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