Casey Owens lost both his legs in 2004 when his Humvee hit a roadside bomb in western Iraq. That was the beginning of his ordeal. In the eight years since then, Owens has endured multiple amputations -- surgeons having to cut off more of the remaining leg bone due to complications.
Four years ago, Owens told us, he spent six months in excruciating pain while officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs reviewed and finally approved a surgery which took his right femur down to 10 centimeters. Having such a short stump makes wearing a prosthetic more difficult -- while Owens does still walk on prosthetic legs, a wheelchair is a good way for him to get around.
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