Life-changing brace helps wounded warrior run again

(WBIR-Maryville) In six weeks, a wounded warrior from Maryville went from limping with a cane to running.

Saturday afternoon, friends and family welcomed home U.S. Army Master Sergeant Michael Trost at McGhee Tyson Airport.

It has been more than two years since Trost was shot five times during an attack in Afghanistan. The attack left Trost with many injuries, including the inability to lift his right foot up. The injury makes it hard for Trost to even walk.

However, in January Trost spent time at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Center for the Intrepid was creating an Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO) leg brace for Trost. The IDEO is used to help severely injured patients return to a high level of activity.

Trost returned to the center in February for six weeks to train with his custom IDEO. While there, he ran for the first time since the attack.

"My whole world has kind of turned around. When you're told you're not going to be able to barely walk and then to come back and run... what can I say? It's pretty amazing," Trost said, surrounded by family and friends at the airport.

"Before he was Mike, very outgoing. We love his personality. He's so funny. But now, he's Mike on steroids. He's ready to conquer the world," said Jeri Kravat of Maryville.

Kravat traveled to McGhee Tyson Airport to welcome Trost home.

The Center for the Intrepid also created a finger and thumb for Trost. His right hand lost both during the attack.

"I can just tell what it's done for him internally. More than just the physical but the mental," said Stephanie Trost, Michael's wife.

She went on to say, "It's changed him and it's straightened him up and it's given him a spark back that's been missing for the last two years."

February 19 was the two year anniversary of the attack.


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