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SAN ANTONIO -- It's the story of a local soldier, going through an ordeal and a process that we continue to follow.

Last November, we brought you the story of First Lieutenant Micah Andersen, the Boise State ROTC graduate was recovering at Brooke Army Medical Hospital in San Antonio after an improvised explosive device explosion in Afghanistan took his legs.

On our recent trip back down to Texas, Mark Johnson checked on his progress, and what he found borders on miraculous.

From the moment Micah Andersen stepped on that IED a year ago, to the moment he left the hospital in December, his life was placed on hold while the rest of the world moved forward.

Now, Micah is back home and catching up with the rest of the world.

It's a challenge every day, said Micah.

A challenge much different than the one that nearly took his life last fall.

Infections from the Afgan soil embedded in his legs forced a series of operations, each one considered a life saving procedure.

When I go back and look at the video I'm like 'Man, that guy has skeletal arms Like, why is he not eating? Micah said about watching himself back in October.

What a difference 9 months makes.

After mastering the training legs, he has fast-tracked his goal of walking on full size prosthetics by the end of this summer, but walking isn't the final goal when it comes to getting back on his feet.

We'll work on running legs, the prosthetic guys at CFI are more than willing to work with me on figuring out a way someone like me to run, and to our knowledge it hasn't been done before, but they've got some good ideas, and so we're gonna try until one that works, said Micah.

He and his wife, Linzi Andersen, have a framed picture of them running on the Boise Greenbelt on the morning their wedding day. Micah says he will be back there again doing the same thing very soon.

A 5K before I leave here, that's the goal at least for me by the time we get back Boise, and we should be looking at time splits, and see what I can do per mile, Micah said.

We've kinda said that since literally day one, since they told us he'd lost his legs, it was like, 'Okay, as long as he can run again that's fine. Ha, and he will, if anyone can do it, he will, said Linzi.

Last week a trac-chair arrived, compliments of America's Fund, so that this outdoorsman can keep on hiking and hunting, that's when he's not in the mood to run.

Micah just got his Texas driver's license for an especially equipped hands only operated truck that a local dealership made happen.

Just like the local businesses and individuals who helped set up Micah and Linzi's house in San Antonio so Micah can easily maneuver in and out.

As weird as the world can get, and as nasty as it can get, there's always good people out there that come out of nowhere. Just have to take the time to find them, and they'll help you when you need it, said Micah.

It's been over a year now since all this has happened, but I mean, we're just happy to be home, we're appreciate just everyone for being there for whatever, we needed for through all of this, said Linzi.

Yeah, but it makes for an interesting relationship, said Micah.

We've grown a little bit, said Linzi.

Yeah, yeah, never want it to be boring, said Micah.

Micah still goes to the Brooke Army Medical center for occasional surgeries and procedures.

The Andersen's say their plan is to continue living and recovering in San Antonio, and in 2 years move back home to Boise.



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