I almost cried.
UPDATE: I lost it when one of my facebook friends left this comment:
Justin, I had only been in Afghanistan a week when I had this guy as my patient. I’ve thought about him almost every day since, and then just recently ran across this very story. At the time he was in my OR, I really didn’t know if we were doing him any favors by saving his life. To see how well he’s not only survived, but thrived, has lifted a cloud from me that I didn’t really know was there.