||November 15th, 2007|
Operaton Hero Recognizes a
The Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club of Escondido hosts an Operation Hero celebration once every quarter. During this event a Wounded Warrior is honored, presented to the club, given an opportunity to discuss himself, his military service, his unit . . . and, if he wishes, to participate in a Question and Answer period. These meetings are always inspiring, well attended and very much appreciated by the service member being recognized.
At the close of the awards ceremony, and unknown to the honoree, he is presented with a check for $500 from the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club. In the most recent Operation Hero, Escondido City Councilman Ed Gallo proudly presented the $500 check to Corporal Worthey.
Corporal Worthey is from Kansas originally; he was wounded on April 4, 2006, in the market place near Abu Ghraib, Iraq. A wall blew up and he was thrown some distance away; when he became conscious he was screaming, his corpsman and a fellow Marine were applying a tourniquet to his left leg and checking for other injuries. Within five minutes the medevac was there, removing him to the hospital.
He has had 10 surgeries to date, with more to come. He had received a stage three concussion with memory loss, has shrapnel in his left leg, left arm, lower part of his face, multiple scars on his face, arms and legs, a compound fracture of his fibula and three inches of his tibia was completely missing. He also has nerve damage to his foot, permanent vascular damage; he suffers from constant pain in his legs, ringing in his ears, and bilateral hearing loss. After being on crutches till mid-April, then a cane, he is now able to walk without assistance.
He has recently received a brace which makes walking a little bit easier and a little less painful. He also has constant headaches from the concussion and there is probably brain damage, which is quite common for military troopers who have been exposed to explosive devices.
Corporal Worthey gave an excellent presentation. While he is not a professional speaker, his candid discussion of all that happened made his presentation spellbinding. He was equally open during the question and answer period.
He and his wife plan on returning to Kansas once they are discharged from the Marine Corps.
From L-R, Lyle Davis, Program Chair, President Maurice Weaver,
Escondido City Councilman Ed Gallo, Corporal Michael Worthey, USMC,
his wife, Ashleigh,
Judy Dugan, with the Military Severely Injured Organization