A wounded veteran of the war in Iraq chose the amputation of the leg, to be able to play hockey

Joseph Bowser from childhood he played hockey and thought this game strong and courageous all of his life. But to enter into a contract with any of the professional hockey teams in the NHL he has failed, and Joseph became a soldier. He served honestly, was deployed to Iraq, where he received a serious wound to the leg. The doctors put him in front of a difficult choice: the leg could be saved, but then would mobility Bowser would be somewhat limited, and in the case of amputation and use of prosthesis Joseph could live the life of a normal person. Hearing that amputation and prosthetics would allow him to play hockey, he immediately agreed to the operation, deprived of his legs.

Sergeant major of the U.S. army Joseph Bowser (Bowser Joseph) did not lose heart, survived the operation and the rehabilitation period and the most difficult – the development of the prosthesis with honor. He came back on the ice within a program USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, which involved the U.S. military who have been severely injured and are now seeking to maximize the restoration of health and return to normal life.

Joseph is easier than many others – after all, before the army and injured it many years gave hockey. And among the participants of the rehabilitation programmes for many of those who before the army saw hockey on television. “Most of the guys participating in this program, have never played hockey, but as soon as they go on the ice, they forget about all their illnesses and wounds and fighting as healthy. They love the team spirit of hockey,” says Bob Banach (Bob Banach) head of program USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program.

Joseph Bowser, despite the absence of left leg below the knee, stands out on the ice and speed, and technique. He was wounded by a mine in April 2004. The wound was very severe – if the doctors saved his leg, then Joseph would have had all my life to put her on a special metal construction to walk. And he chose amputation. “But now I’m the only one on the planet legless hockey player,” jokes Joseph. He took to the ice exactly one year after amputation.

Now he actively supports newcomers programs that timidly go on the ice after many weeks and even months of stay in hospitals. “My wife calls herself a hockey widow because I play hockey for a year,” jokes Joseph, who not only participates as a mentor in the program USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, but also plays for a local semi-professional club. Many of his opponents have no idea that Joseph is on the ice on the prosthesis.

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