VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A soldier from Vancouver, Washington was seriously injured in Afghanistan after an IED went off near his convoy.
It happened on December 27, just weeks into Michael Crawford's deployment.
The explosion killed three soldiers and injured three, one of whom was Michael. From his bedside at a military hospital in Texas, Michael's dad said he suffered several devastating injuries, including a broken back.
"The initial prognosis was that he will not walk," said Adam Crawford. "He's lost feeling and mobility."
"We're shook up because we care," said Larry Rounsley, Pastor of Liberty Bible Church in Salmon Creek. "We care deeply for him and his family."
"He was pretty ambitious and driven that this is what he wanted to do and how he wanted to spend the early years of his career," said Rounsley.
The prognosis would cripple the strongest of men, but those who know Michael said it will not cripple him.
"I think he can fight and make it," said Koby Padilla, youth pastor at Liberty Bible Church. "I think he can find restoration in many ways."