Extreme Makeover: Home Edition   -  About the Episode

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As a child in Puerto Rico, Master Sergeant Luis Rodriguez dreamed of joining the United States Army. In 1990 he enlisted and made his dream a reality. He loved working as a medic and being able to help save his fellow soldiers, but while serving in Iraq last year, he was the one who needed saving. In March of 2003, at the beginning of the war, Sgt. Rodriguez was shipped out with his unit to Iraq. He served for nine months before tragedy literally hit. While en route to a recently looted hospital in Mosul, Sgt. Rodriguez's convoy was ambushed when his Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb. In that instant he lost his right leg above the knee, lost two left fingertips, and sustained serious shrapnel wounds to his left leg. Now the medic who loved helping others needed someone to rescue him! While the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers are transforming the Rodriguez's house into a dream home, they will go on to a rehabilitation facility in Akron, OH, and Sgt. Rodriguez will be fitted for a new prosthetic leg.

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