06/04/12 - 8:44am
Sgt. Thomas McRae once stood 5 foot, 9 1/2 inches. Soon, his mother says, he will standing 6 feet tall.
The 30-year-old U.S. Marine Corps explosive ordnance disposal technician lost both his legs and left arm in a roadside blast in Afghanistan about five months ago.
He went through extensive surgeries and rehab, but now, his mother says, he is learning to walk again.
"It's amazing," McRae's mother Carolee Ryan told the Empire in a phone interview Tuesday. "He's my hero."