On July 3, 2005, Daniel Gilyeat and his crew of Marines were driving on a road in Iraq when their Humvee was blown to bits by a powerful land mine. The men were badly injured. Daniel’s left leg was totally destroyed.
A helicopter came to carry the wounded Marines to a medical base. Daniel died twice on the trip, the medics fighting to stop the massive loss of blood and revive him.
At a military hospital, the wound was treated and he was fitted for a prosthetic leg. The doctors told him that it would take six months of training before he could walk on the artificial limb. Twenty seven days after the operation, he was walking. With the help of an even more well-designed prosthesis he soon was exercising in sports, lifting weights and riding his motorcycle.
While he was in the military hospital he spent hours talking to and encouraging other wounded fighters.
In October 2007 Daniel received a visit from the producers of the television show, Extreme Makeover-Home Edition. Soon he and his children were sent off on a vacation in California while his very small home was demolished leaving a nice lot in a friendly city neighborhood. An exciting house was designed and completely built with large rooms, wide doors for wheelchair accessibility, a garage for Daniel’s mechanical repair services and amazing bedrooms for the kids.
This wonderful development with its televised story left Daniel dedicated to follow through and help handicapped children and adults, especially injured military people who gave up their health and dreams for their country.
Along with his spunk and assistance to fellow handicapped persons, Daniel is fervently proud of America and the freedom it has enjoyed for nearly 250 years. He is a Patriotic Conservative Christian.
Ana, from New Zealand
While these things were going on in America, a tiny woman in New Zealand was injured in an automobile accident, her body nearly cut in two. She was working on a book, “Cut in Half, How God Mended Me with 23 Miracles.”
Ana saw the story of Daniel’s ordeal on TV in New Zealand and the creation of his new house on the Extreme Makeover. She recognized a similar experience in his making a victory out of what could have been tragedy, and she began to correspond with him via Facebook.
Daniel and Ana have determined to devote their lives to encourage others who might feel hopeless in tough times.
Every Sunday morning, when the Gilyeats are not traveling to talk to hospitalized veterans, his bright red truck, covered with Marine insignias and American flags, can be seen in the parking lot of Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 North 103rdTerrace in Kansas City, Kansas.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
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