Triple Amputee Soldier Speaks with Therapy Students

A soldier who now lives in Scranton, was nearly killed seven years ago when his vehicle hit an explosive device.

Bryan Anderson lost both legs and an arm and says at the time he was one of only four surviving triple amputees in the world.

Tonight, Anderson will be sharing his story with the public at Misericordia University.

The Chicago native who now lives in Scranton lost both legs and an arm nearly seven years ago, while fighting in Iraq.

“Well, you`re not going to like my answer because it`s short. I got blown up. But it happens, you know. It`s part of war,” said Anderson.

Sergeant Anderson told students at that time he was only one of four living triple amputees. The occupational therapy students hope to someday treat people like him matching their skills with the always improving technology.

“Having to be confident in yourself to instill confidence in your clients. I didn`t really think too much about that until today,” said occupational therapy student Caitlin Sorrentino.

“The only thing I can do is just give them what I learned. If it helps them it helps them. If they don`t get anything out of it good luck. The biggest thing I try to teach them is to have confidence in what they are doing,” added Anderson.

Sergeant Anderson will be speaking to the public on behalf of the Michael Cleary Foundation. Michael was a soldier from Dallas killed during the war in 2005.

Since Anderson nearly lost his life seven years ago, he’s turned it into a positive experience speaking with groups on how he’s pulled his life back together.

“Definitely made me think of ways to use activities in therapy when you are out there and listening to the patient and what they want to do,” said occupational therapy student Matt Wilcox.

Anderson will be giving a public talk tonight at Misericordia University at 7:45 in the Lemmond Auditorium. Anderson will talk about going through therapy and what he remembers about that day almost seven years ago in Iraq.



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