Troops donate record amount of blood after fellow soldier steps on IED

300 soldiers save 1 soldier's life

A soldier's bond with his or her fellow troop members is a special one.  When one is in trouble, the rest will step in to help.  That's what happened when a young soldier almost died when he stepped on an IED.  It took more than 300 troops to save his life.

First Lt. Nick Vogt shouldn't be alive.  He was serving in Afghanistan with the 1st Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, according to an article in The Huffington Post, when he stepped on an IED.  The blast blew off his left leg and mutilated his right one.

The Catholic News Agency says the doctors told the family he should be dead.  Vogt had such bad wounds that his heart stopped several times during the operation.  Doctors had to manually massage his heart to keep him alive, and he was losing a lot of blood.  To make matters worse, the hospital treating him had run out of platelets, whole blood and plasma.

When his troop heard about his plight, they immediately came together to help, according to The Huff.  In the end, Vogt received more than 400 units of blood.  He was eventually transferred to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.  He suffered from numerous infections and other problems before he started to come around.

He lost both of his legs but is on the road to recovery.  Vogt even posted a YouTube video of himself doing push-ups. And he knows he wouldn't be able to do that without the support of his fellow troops, who didn't hesitate when he needed them the most.

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