Dan Carlton (left) is shown with his wife, Juanita (right), and daughters Scarlett, 1 (being held by Juanita) and Estela, 3 (standing) at the San Antonio Medical Center.
Special to the Daily News
Every day, Dan Carlton gets a little stronger and his family gets one step closer to coming home.
Carlton, a 31-year-old chief warrant officer 2 with the Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), has been in San Antonio, Texas, since December after he was injured by an IED in Afghanistan last November.
He took his first steps with his new prosthetic leg last Thursday afternoon.
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“We’re overcoming our challenges,” said Carlton’s wife, Juanita. “He’s healing at his own pace and he’s doing well, getting stronger. It’s been very positive.”
Carlton, his wife and their four children were uprooted from their home in Hammock Bay in Freeport after Carlton lost his left leg and severely injured his right leg in the explosion.
Since then he has undergone 13 surgeries and now is in rehabilitation. Juanita says the family hopes they will be sleeping back in their own beds by late October.
Until then, Carlton is continuing rehabilitation and counseling while the family lives in a rental home funded by the military. Juanita said last week was his first fitting for a prosthetic leg. Carlton will also receive a prosthetic leg for swimming and running.
“There’s been a lot of healing, but we’re doing a lot better,” Juanita said. “My children are back to normal with the way they are acting around him and Dan’s helping out around the house.”
Juanita said her husband is able to prep food for dinner and help dress their children, who range from 1 to 7 years old. The once home-schooled older children attend a Catholic school while the couple’s youngest children are in day care.
In the meantime, Juanita said her nights are more restful as Dan continues to heal and her children adjust to their new lives. Dan also is adjusting by prepping himself for the prosthetic leg by working out his core muscles.
“He’s really focused right now,” Juanita said. “I know there’s going to be bad days, but right now he’s just so good.”
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