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Ft. Carson Soldier's Spine Crushed in Accident

By: KKTV 11 News Email
By: KKTV 11 News Email

A Fort Carson soldier injured in a training exercise last week, has undergone two surgeries to repair his crushed spinal cord.

Doctors in Denver are treating 19-year-old Private Cody Becker of Kenosha, Wisconsin. They hope he will be able to fully recover.

Becker was hurt when his armored vehicle rolled over during a training exercise on the Mountain Post. Three other soldiers were also injured. Their injuries are not known.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

On Sunday night, Becker was listed in serious condition at a Denver hospital following the first of at least two surgeries to repair his spinal cord.

Surgeons say the fact his spinal cord was swollen but not cut, means there is hope for a full recovery. Becker is reportedly paralyzed from his chest down, but has been able to fully use both of his arms.

Becker spoke to the Kenosha News by phone and says he's confident he'll walk again.

Army spokeswoman Dee McNutt says the accident is under investigation.

Becker and his wife have a 3-year-old daughter.


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