Curtis McGrath was serving as an Australian Army combat engineer in Afghanistan in 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device, causing multiple life-threatening injuries including the loss of his right leg above the knee and left leg below the knee.
Although he was fighting shock, blood loss and excruciating pain, it was Curtis, as the combat first aid medic for his team, who talked his comrades through his own first aid. Incredibly, as he was being airlifted to safety, he made a vow to them that they would see him see him represent his country again – next time at the Paralympic Games.
After spending 18 hours in an Afghan hospital, Curtis, a New Zealand native, was flown to a US air base in Germany where he was prepared by medical staff to fly the long-haul journey home to Brisbane. After landing in Brisbane, he was hospitalised for …Read More