Twenty-eight-year-old Derek Weida lost his right leg after being shot while on patrol in Iraq. Now he’s opening a gym run solely by combat veterans
A new type of prosthetic is yielding some amazing results, and becoming a true game-changer for amputees in Minnesota. It involves a 15 hour surgery that is paired with the new prosthetic that is powered by his brain. Only a few Minnesotans have had it.
Twenty-eight-year-old Derek Weida lost his right leg after being shot while on patrol in Iraq. “I was thinking, ‘There’s a good chance I could die out here.’ And I obviously came really close,” Weida said. He struggled with what to do with his life when he came home, but now he has a plan to help himself, and veterans just like him. Derek loved everything about the military, especially the brothers and sisters he made as part of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Imagine not being able to walk for 40 years and then finally getting the chance to move on your own.