Claiborne County Marine coming home after recovering at Walter R

Claiborne County Marine coming home after recovering at Walter Reed


6 News Reporter

BETHESDA, MD (WATE) - We have some very good news about an East Tennessee Marine who was injured in Afghanistan nearly a year ago. He is finally coming home for good.

Lance Cpl. Cody Evans, from Claiborne County, was hurt when he stepped on an IED. The explosion caused both of his legs to be amputated.

Since that time he has been recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.
In the 11 months he has been at Walter Reed his progress has been remarkable.
"He's been one of the fastest rehab hip disarticulation amputees that we've ever had," said Walter Reed physical therapist Kyla Dunlavey. "He's just put in a lot of hard work."

Because of his progress Evans will be coming home to Speedwell, Tennessee for good on Friday.

When asked if he is ready to come home, Evans said, "Very . . . I miss it a lot."

The staff at Walter Reed has prepared Evans for pretty much anything he might face at home.

"We put them through the ringer here to make sure they are able to handle everything they can when they go home," said Dunlavey.

New technology has made it possible for Evans to walk again.

"Most time people with injures like Cody's would end up in a wheelchair and they would say you would never walk, so here at Walter Reed we don't accept that," said Walter Reed prosthetist Mike Corcoran.

Evans will be taking several pair of prosthetic legs home to use.

He says he really doesn't have any concerns about going home, and says there is not anything he can not do.

"I wouldn't say can't, but there's stuff that's a lot more difficult now," said Evans.

"He's the same person," said Evans' mother Regina. "He can have the same future that anybody can have. He's the same person he was before."

His mother says one of the most amazing parts of Cody's journey has been his attitude.

"We have our moments, but you know it's like I said it could be worse," she said. "I'm just grateful he's alive."

Evans takes things one day at a time, and is excited about taking his next step back to East Tennessee.
While at Walter Reed, Evans also learned how to drive again. He has already purchased a brand new truck that allows him to use his hands to control it. He will actually be driving that back home Friday.

While he was gone volunteers in the community totally renovated his home to make it wheelchair accessible.

Cody says when he returns to Speedwell he plans to go to college and study history.

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