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Triple amputee wants Boston victims to know it gets better

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With a little help from his new left arm, Kent Carson can slip on both of his prosthetic legs quickly during this therapy session at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Carson is walking on his own just eight months after a nearly fatal bout of Legionnaires' disease led to the amputations of his left arm and both legs.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

After a nearly fatal bout of Legionnaires' disease led to the amputations of his left arm and both legs last year, suburban banker Kent Carson now is walking on his own. He credits his amazing progress to the support he gets from fiancee Cheryl Johnstone and his three grown children.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

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Support from his sons Brennen, left, and Colin, and daughter, Rebecca, helped with Kent Carson's recovery from a triple amputation.

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Letting his feet dangle while parasailing in Grand Cayman with his fiancee Cheryl Johnstone last May was a highlight of Kent Carson's active cruise vacation. Four months later, Carson would have his left arm and both legs amputated.

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It wasn't a bomb blast, but a nearly fatal bout of Legionnaires' disease that led to the amputations of Kent Carson's left arm and both legs last year. Now the Round Lake Beach man is walking, working on driving again and would love to visit the Boston bombing victims to give them encouragement.
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    • With a little help from his new left arm, Kent Carson can slip on both of his prosthetic legs quickly during this therapy session at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Carson is walking on his own just eight months after a nearly fatal bout of Legionnaires’ disease led to the amputations of his left arm and both legs.
    • After a nearly fatal bout of Legionnairesí disease led to the amputations of his left arm and both legs last year, suburban banker Kent Carson now is walking on his own. He credits his amazing progress to the support he gets from fiancee Cheryl Johnstone and his three grown children.
    • Support from his sons Brennen, left, and Colin, and daughter, Rebecca, helped with Kent Carsonís recovery from a triple amputation.
    • Letting his feet dangle while parasailing in Grand Cayman with his fiancee Cheryl Johnstone last May was a highlight of Kent Carsonís active cruise vacation. Four months later, Carson would have his left arm and both legs amputated.
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