Our friends at the Associated Press are reporting that the ABC television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will be helping a soldier severely wounded in the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting.
Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler returned home from Iraq two weeks prior to the shooting. He was preparing to attend Officer Candidate School when he was hit four times in the attack. He suffered a nearly fatal wound to his head, according to the report. A bullet shattered the right side of his skull. The metal and bone fragments were too small to be removed, so doctors had to take out 18 to 20 percent of his brain. Zeigler had to learn to walk again. His entire left side was paralyzed and he had very little control of his extremities.
Despite his severe injuries, Zeigler is exceeding doctors’ expectations, the report said. He walking with the aid of a cane and even returned to work Sept. 8.
More than 1,000 skilled volunteers and about 2,000 unskilled helpers are expected to turn out to build the 3,000-square-foot home for Zeigler and fiancée Jessica Hansen, a neuropsychology major who put her college degree on hold to aid his recovery. Many volunteers are Fort Hood soldiers from the 36th Engineer Brigade and 1st Cavalry Division.
The episode is expected to air on ABC in six to eight weeks.