Wounded Soldier

By: Amy Morris
By: Amy Morris

A local soldier wounded during a convoy ambush in Iraq is home with his family for a few days. Twenty-one-year-old Joshua Cope took a bullet in the leg in May, but that's not the most serious health threat he's battling.

The 21-year-old was shot in the leg during an ambush in May, but a poisonous spider bite just above the bullet wound caught the doctor's attention.

"They saw it when they cut off my pants and saw the bullet wound. They were more worried about that then the bullet wound," says Pfc. Joshua Cope.

Cope and his wife live in Germany, but after a few days in a hospital there he asked for his leave papers to come home and recuperate.

"If they feel like he's healed up enough from that bite then he goes back to Iraq. If not then he goes to Walter Reid for chemotherapy for three weeks I think to make sure it's all gone, but he's so ready to go back," says mom Linda Cope.

A notion some just aren't ready to deal with.

"I don't know that's tough to think about. I don't want to think about it," says wife Erica.

But for Josh, it's all about living for today.

"I've just been trying to make every moment count because it might be my last time, because I don't know if I'm coming back."

This is the first time Josh has seen his family since Christmas. He and his wife head back to Germany on Saturday.


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