Dec 7, 2011

An Afghan National Army soldier and U.S. Marines stand with Sayed Gul, a 15-year old Afghan amputee, during a visit to the Baluch Jan village here, Dec. 2. The Marines ‚ (from left) Cpl. Travis Hayes, Gunnery Sgt. Todd Leahey and Staff Sgt. Christopher Balance ‚ are assigned to Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, at nearby Patrol Base 00. Gul lost half of his left leg when he was struck by a 20-pound improvised explosive device in March near the patrol base. He was evacuated by helicopter to receive three weeks of advanced care at Camp Dwyer‚s Combat Support Hospital. After returning to his village and becoming extremely sick, he received life-saving care from Weapons Co. Marines and corpsmen. He returns to them weekly for continued care. ‚If the Marines weren‚t here, maybe I‚d have lost my life because nobody else would‚ve been able to help me,‚ Gul said.

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