Called the “Blade Runner,” for his two prostheses, the 25-year-old South African will compete in the 400 meters in London on Saturday.
He’s a symbol of hope and an inspiration to a historic number of disabled veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to millions of disabled people around the world.
“I thought I’d never be able to do anything again,” Marine Cpl. Jeff Kessler, 24, says as he takes a break from a slow jog on the indoor track at the medical center.
Last year in July, during an assignment to clear a building in Helmand province in southwestern Afghanistan, Kessler stepped on an explosive device and lost both legs above the knees. He’s learning to run again on two carbon legs.
“I want to be able to run after my sons and take part in a normal life with my family,” he says, beaming.
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