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  • Kent Carson of Round Lake Beach cracks a smile during a physical therapy session. Carson survived a nearly fatal bout of Legionnaires' disease which led to the amputation his left arm and both legs last year.

       Kent Carson of Round Lake Beach cracks a smile during a physical therapy session. Carson survived a nearly fatal bout of Legionnaires' disease which led to the amputation his left arm and both legs last year.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Letting his feet dangle while parasailing in Grand Cayman with his fiancee Cheryl Johnstone last May, was a highlight of Kent Carson's active vacation.

      Letting his feet dangle while parasailing in Grand Cayman with his fiancee Cheryl Johnstone last May, was a highlight of Kent Carson's active vacation.
    Courtesy of Cheryl Johnstone

  • With his left arm around his fiancee Cheryl Johnstone, Kent Carson was enjoying life before contacting Legionnaires' disease.

      With his left arm around his fiancee Cheryl Johnstone, Kent Carson was enjoying life before contacting Legionnaires' disease.
    Courtesy of Cheryl Johnstone

  • Kent Carson recovers from triple amputation surgery and receives support from his sons Brennen, left, Colin and daughter, Rebecca.

      Kent Carson recovers from triple amputation surgery and receives support from his sons Brennen, left, Colin and daughter, Rebecca.
    Courtesy of Cheryl Johnstone

  • Carson prepares for a physical therapy session at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

       Carson prepares for a physical therapy session at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Carson picks up a pen during a physical therapy session.

       Carson picks up a pen during a physical therapy session.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Physical therapy assistant Kathleen Dub works with Carson at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

       Physical therapy assistant Kathleen Dub works with Carson at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Carson works on his strength at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

       Carson works on his strength at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • A nearly fatal bout of Legionnaires' disease led to the amputations of Kent Carson's left arm and both legs.

       A nearly fatal bout of Legionnaires' disease led to the amputations of Kent Carson's left arm and both legs.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Carson works with a balloon during a physical therapy session with Kathleen Dub.

       Carson works with a balloon during a physical therapy session with Kathleen Dub.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Cheryl Johnstone, right, provided guidance during many trials and tribulations.

       Cheryl Johnstone, right, provided guidance during many trials and tribulations.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Carson gives a farewell hug to physical therapy student Erin Barry during his last session at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

       Carson gives a farewell hug to physical therapy student Erin Barry during his last session at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 

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