Veteran Who Loses Leg In Accident Returns To Work
A local veteran is crediting other military men and women with inspiring him during a tough moment in his life.
Marvin Henderson said a motorcycle accident in September, 2010, almost cost him his job and his life.
“I was actually headed home…and it was a one-vehicle accident, and I was thrown from the motorcycle,” Henderson said.
Henderson said that when he landed, his left leg was broken and his foot was shattered. Doctors, who barely saved his leg, told him to consider amputation, but the highway patrol officer refused because he said he believed his leg would get better.
“I didn’t know if I’d be able to work. I just thought that my life and my career were gone at that time,” Henderson said. “I had to get back to work, so I did a desk job for a little while. I didn’t want to use crutches in my uniform. I didn’t want to use a cane also while I was in my uniform.”
After months of physical therapy, Henderson said his leg was still barely functional. It wasn’t until the former Marine saw a news story about an Army Ranger who had his leg amputated and was able to return to service that Henderson said he considered the procedure for himself.
“I said, ‘Well, maybe it’s not too bad…He’s an Army Ranger. I’m a Marine. If he can do it, I can try to outdo him or do it at least the same,'” Henderson said.
In August, doctors at University of Mississippi Medical Center amputated the 31-year-old’s leg just below his knee.
“Right now, I’m still taking baby steps, but they are big baby steps,” Henderson said.
Henderson went back to work at the highway patrol this week, and said he’s working in driver’s services now but has other positions on his radar.
“My future goal now is to be able to train highway patrol cadets or more law enforcement officers,” Henderson said.