As of Friday, May 4, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Injured soldier Justin Lansford suffered through complications while on his long-awaited flight home to the U.S., but stabilized upon landing and made it to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
The 22-year-old Brookwood grad, injured April 23 by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, left Germany on a 7 a.m. flight along with other wounded military personnel to Maryland’s Andrews Air Force Base. He and his mother Kim landed at Andrews, then took a Code 3 ride to the ICU at Walter Reed.
The flight was harrowing for Lansford, who fought pulmonary edema (fluid in air sacs of the lung), which led to hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) and made breathing difficult. Rick Lansford, Justin’s father, said the situation was under control and that his son’s health improved greatly upon landing.
Lansford was being treated at Germany’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center since his transport from Afghanistan. His left leg was amputated along with other injuries, including a number of broken bones in his legs (two broken femurs), abdomen and chest injuries, burns and contusions.
He now faces a long stay for recovery and rehabilitation at Walter Reed.