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East Tennessee Marine injured in Afghanistan

12:39 AM, Dec 17, 2011   |    comments
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Lance Corporal Marine Cody Evans was injured during an explosion in Afghanistan

A local marine is in stable condition after sustaining major injuries in Afghanistan earlier this week. Lance Corporal Cody Evans of Speedwell fractured his pelvis after an IED explosion. Doctors had to amputate both of his legs.

Evan's mother Regina was notified Thursday of her son's injuries, and is waiting to hear when he may come home.

"I did ask them -- what are the chances he's going to die? And they couldn't tell me. So, I just lost it," she said.

The marine is still in a hospital in Afghanistan. Evans says her son will move to hospital in Germany next, before he is flown back to the United States.

"My heart wants to be there right this second, holding his hand," she said.

Evans graduated from Powell Valley High School in 2002. He then attended Tennessee Tech University. He joined the Marines two years ago, and was deployed to Afghanistan in July.

His mother says he approached her a few years ago to tell her of his life-long dream.

"He said, 'Mom, I want to be a Marine. I've always wanted to be a marine.' And I said, 'Are you serious?'

Evans is amazed at all the support she's received from the community. Her family gathered at her home Friday evening as she continues to wait for an update on her son's health.

"I have emails from people I don't even know, but my family and my friends --they've not left my side,"she said.

Friends are in the process of setting up a post office box to collect donations for Cody. For more information on how you can donate, e-mail

You can also offer your support by visiting this Facebook page.

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