UPDATE: A Soldier Fights for Life

By Sadie Bass

Jun 30, 2009 3:18pm

Martha Raddatz with an update from her earlier post about Lieutenant Colonel Tim Karcher who lost both his legs this week when his vehicle was bombed near Baghdad’s notorious Sadr City neighborhood: I just spoke to Alesia Karcher (she made contact with me through ABC website…because she was so touched by the piece) She has not spoken to Tim because he is heavily sedated (although when a “battle buddy” told him he had talked to his wife Tim squeezed his friends hand). He is in landstuhl and had further surgery. He is expected at Walter Reed this weekend.   He has been with battle buddies every step of the way… Mrs. Karcher (they have been married 19 years) has, like her husband, a very positive attitude. “I don’t know what is in store for him, but I know he will use this to do something good, I expect he will be using prosthetics and running and doing whatever his heart desires.” She said of him “He is the most wonderful person I have ever met…he is full of life and a man of deep faith…and loves life…he is strong and the only thing that is going to make him upset when he wakes up is that he is not with his soldiers.” They have three daughters — Anna is 14, Audrey is 12 and Abbey is 7. 

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