Taylor Morris is a Navy EOD from Cedar Falls, Iowa who was injured in Afghanistan. Taylor Morris and Danielle Kelly On Life After the Bomb Blast: It Took His Limbs But Not His Spirit
When Taylor Morris, an explosives-detection and disposal expert with the U.S. Navy, stepped on a bomb in Afghanistan on May 3, his world changed forever.
After graduating high school in 2007, Taylor joined the Navy with hopes of making it into Special Operations. Those who know him best know he always sets out to conquer the hardest and most challenging tasks. Taylor ultimately found his passion as a Navy EOD tech. EOD stands for Explosive Ordinance Disposal, which meant Taylor was trained to know the ins and outs of bombs. He began rigorous EOD training throughout the United States in 2008 and graduated July 24th, 2009. Since then, he has been stationed in Virginia Beach, VA, where he has been continuing his education and training as a EOD tech.In January of 2012, Taylor was deployed on his first tour to Afghanistan, set to return August 2012. We always wanted him to come back as soon as possible, missing his energetic spirit and love of life, but we never imagined it would be under these circumstances. On May 3, 2012, Taylor was injured in action. The injuries were profound, but he stayed conscious immediately afterwards. He was able to tell his partner to call Danielle and family to tell them everything. He sustained injuries to all four limbs, entailing loss of both legs, left arm from the bicep down, and right hand.Taylor is currently receiving medical care and Rehab at Walter Reed Medical Center, near Washington DC.
“As I said before, Taylor is determined to conquer anything, and this won’t be any different,” Danielle (his girlfriend) said on her blog. ”He will continue to be the Taylor John that we all know and love. His recovery is going to be long and grueling, but hard work and determination is nothing that Taylor has ever shied away from. He is the most loyal and loving person I know, so I ask everyone to be there for him. This is a devastating situation that no one should have to go through, but we can make it through this and we will come out stronger on the other side!”
“I am feeling much, much better,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that anything has really changed in me or I have changed feelings about anything. Maybe I’m just getting more positive and realizing it is possible to have a better future than I originally thought.”
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