Quadruple Amputee Soldier Travis Mills Sits Down On Set With Jenna Lee to Talk About His Recovery ... and What Keeps Him Smiling
Sgt. Travis Mills has been a source of inspiration for innumerable Americans since an explosion on April 10, 2012 - that occurred while Mills was serving overseas - left him a quadruple amputee. Fox News has followed every step of the husband and father's journey to recover and rebuild ... and today, Mills actually visited the set of Happening Now in our New York headquarters to sit down with Jenna Lee.
In recounting that fateful day, Mills told Lee that the sequence of events happened quickly after he set his bag down - filled with ammo - on the wrong spot. It exploded, sending him
to the ground, where he woke up to realize what had happened as medics worked on a very alert Mills - alert due to what Mills would call adrenaline; doctors would call it shock.
Emotional Video Shows Quadruple Amputee Soldier Taking First Steps on Prosthetic Legs
Staff Sgt. Travis Mills Describes How Much He Misses His Teammates During His Recovery
Doctors were forced to remove both of his arms and legs, and since then he's been doing intensive workouts to regain all of his mobility. Right now, Mills can partially get around on what are called "short legs," which keep him upright at about 5'4." His goal, however, is to walk ... and at his former height of 6'2".
"For me, it's when my guys get back later on in the year, I want to be on my 'tall legs' ... [I want to be] standing in my uniform, maybe get a hand on [my other arm] and be able to salute my guys when they come in."
So, the question everyone wants to know the answer to - where does he get the drive to keep going, to keep his spirits up? "Energy drinks," he joked.
But then he got serious, saying, "I'd say I've [always] had a happy outlook on everything ... I'm not always the brightest about it, but it did happen; life has to go on. I have my daughter, who's smiling all the time, my wife, my family, my community, so much support ... I can't be down. I have a life to live."
Watch his amazing story: