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Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Skip Andersen provided an update for his son Micah, who is continuing his long recovery after being severely injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan back in June.
Andersen made his first visit to the Center for the Intrepid, a world-class rehabilitation center for amputees, built through a $50 million donation by the Fisher foundation.
“Our June tour of the center, located next to the Brooke Army Medical Center, was uplifting. It is a world-class facility with everything from free weights and a state-of-the art prosthesis shop to a Toyota Tundra driving trainer.
Micah will go through rehabilitation at the CFI for the next year or more. He will start working there even before he is released from the hospital and will then be assigned there for rehabilitation on an outpatient status,” Skip wrote.
Micah and other patients had their introduction to the CFI on Friday when the CFI staff and actor Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump and Mac from CSI New York) welcomed them to the CFI.
“Gary spent 45 minutes to an hour with each of the amputees and their families. Micah, Brenda, and Micah’s sister Kerstin enjoyed the visit and the sincere interest and caring showed by Gary. Gary was there visiting before his Lt. Dan Band charity concert that evening in San Antonio. The CFI staff tells us that Gary’s visits and dedication to the vets and first responders, especially the amputees, are sincere and constant,” Skip wrote.
Another significant event was the visit of the New Mexico American Legion Riders to Micah and the other New Mexico military members currently at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Skip wrote, “these men and women have donated thousands of hours of their own time and raised over $140,000 in donations for the New Mexico vets, including several thousand dollars for Micah. Micah, Linzi, and Jay all enjoyed the visit. The American Legion and American Legion Riders here in Los Alamos are among Micah’s most active supporters.”
Skip also thanked those who have donated to the Micah Jay Andersen Medical Fund at the Los Alamos National Bank.
Skip said his son still has a long road ahead in his recovery.
“Micah faces many minor surgeries and four more major surgeries; to shape his right leg for a prosthesis, muscle transplants in his lower back, intestinal repairs, and repairs to his ears, which were damaged in the blast also. He is able to get around in his wheel chair now, and over the next several years will gradually become more and more mobile including walking and driving. He usually has surgery on Tuesdays and Fridays,” Skip wrote.
“The skin grafts are doing well and his body continues to heal. He is eating well and regaining strength. He likes jerky better than candy. We expect Micah to be in the hospital for several more months, and to work at the CFI in rehabilitation for more than a year. Micah and Linzi are now going through the permanent change of station from Fort Bliss to Fort Sam Houston. They expect to be stationed there for a couple of years.”