Doctors told this wounded soldier he'd never…

WALTER REED NATIONAL MILITARY MEDICAL CENTER, D.C. — When Army Sgt. Patrick Smith woke up in a hospital bed battered, bruised, and disoriented, he didn’t remember the explosion in Iraq that got him there. His wife arrived to hold his mangled hand, part of the entire right side of his body that had been badly damaged by the explosion that killed three of his squadmates, while the doctors explained his “new normal” to him: He would never stand on his own again.

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