South Texas vet receives the gift of mobility in time for the Christmas season

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by Deborah Knapp / KENS 5

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Posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- This holiday season, a local Army veteran is getting the best gift he can imagine, the chance to walk again, pain-free.

Operation Walk Again USA and San Antonians are donating their time and services helped make it happen.

Retired veteran Brad Davis is ready to go for his first pain free walk in years. A 2005 military training accident left him severely injured.
 
"I ended up fracturing both knees, both ankles, my shoulders, my spine," Davis said. 
 
He's had  several surgeries at the VA on his spine but the 45-year-old vet was told he'd have to wait 15 years, until he was 60 for knee replacement surgery.
 
"It has gotten to the point where it's very very hard to walk, with a lot of pain," Davis said. 
 
Davis got into an operating room this past Friday for a total knee replacement through Operation Walk Again USA, an organization that provides surgery at no cost to patients.
 
Orthopedic surgeon Amanda Marshall donated her time to the organization. 
 
"It's a real sense of fulfillment when you're able to restore someone's sense of mobility," Marshall said. "A knee replacement would fix that." 
 
Baptist Hospital donated its service and so did others.
 
"We're indebted to all those who volunteered time, from the nurses, to the scrub techs to the anesthesiologists," said Marshall
 
"They came along and did something I could not get done through the VA," Davis said. 
 
Now just three days after surgery, Davis is looking forward to the holidays pain free.
 
"I can walk my dogs now, grocery shopping, just the normal regular stuff you don't think about until you can't do it," Davis said. 
 
It's not just veterans who qualify for Operation Walk Again USA free joint replacement surgery. The program is open to anyone who can't afford the surgery on their own. Click here for more information.

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