Update on Joshua Cope

By: Paul Matadeen
By: Paul Matadeen

It's the end of the first weekend together for the Cope family. They traveled from Panama City to be at their son's bedside after he lost both of his limbs in Iraq.

Sgt. Joshua Cope, who's from Panama City Beach, lost both of his legs when his Humvee hit a land mine in Baghdad on Monday.

Doctors rushed Cope to Lahndstuhl, Germany where he spent much of the week with his wife, recovering from his injuries.

Then on Friday doctors moved him to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and his family followed suit to be at their war hero's bedside.

His mother says day two is much like day one on this, a long road to recovery.

Linda Cope, the wounded soldier's mother, said, "It was really rough last night. I was in there with my daughter and he was in such horrible pain, and you know, they had to change his bed. You could see his legs real good, and he was just screaming. The pain was just so bad because they had to move him to change the bedding, and I just wept. My daughter just held me because you just hate to see your child suffer so much, but we're just thankful he's alive. That's the big thing. We're just taking it one day at a time."

The family says they expect Cope will have to spend up to a year in the hospital before doctors can release him.


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