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His Finest Hour

Monday, February 18, 2013

Reporter: Michael Usher
Producer: Howard Sacre

For Sapper Curtis McGrath - his finest hour was also his worst.

It came on a barren hill in Afghanistan last August when a landmine blew off his legs while on patrol.

At first, everything went black but then Curtis came to, and being the group's medic, he directed the emergency treatment that saved his own life.

Curtis is one of 249 young Australians who've been seriously wounded in Afghanistan.

His story stands out not because he lost his legs but the way he's adapting to his new ones.

Doctors might tell Curtis to take it easy, but that's just not in his nature.

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The Wounded Heroes program of the Deployed Soldiers Welfare Association (DSWA) assists with the rehab and recovery of Australian service personnel, wounded or injured on military operations.

Assistance is also provided to their families as they adapt to this new phase of their lives.

If you would like to make a donation, visit

For more information on the X2 Artificial Leg:
Otto Bock Australia P/L
62 Norwest Blvd
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
Phone: 02 88182828

To contact Curtis McGrath please direct your enquires to:
Major John McPherson
Public Affairs Officer
Headquarters 7th Brigade
Address: Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, Qld 4051
Phone: 0477 333 961 Fax: 07 3332 5899

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