Beck faces new life as double-amputee

By Mike Hixenbaugh
Rocky Mount Telegram
May 24, 2009

As millions pause today to honor fallen U.S. veterans, one soldier from Rocky Mount is trying to come to terms with his future as a double-amputee.

Spc. Michael Beck hoped he would be home by now, fishing off the banks of the Tar River with friends and working to pay the bills – normal stuff for a 21-year-old Nash County man.

But more than a year after landing at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., with shattered limbs and countless wounds, Beck learned this week doctors will need to amputate his remaining leg below the knee. Army doctors amputated Beck ‘s left leg several months ago, but had hoped to save his right leg, which was twisted and marred in an explosion last April.

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