Idaho Man, One of Twin Soldiers, Loses Legs in Afghanistan Blast


The family of an Idaho soldier said he lost both his legs and suffered other injuries while on patrol in Afghanistan.

The Idaho State Journal reports that 20-year-old Army Spec. Matthew Krumwiede was critically injured near Kandahar. According to his mother, Krumwiede stepped on a pressure plate of an improvised explosive device.

“He lost both legs from mid-knee, he has a fractured pelvis, a fractured arm and lost two fingers on that same hand,” the soldier's father told the State Journal. “He has multiple injuries, including internally. He’s in pretty serious condition right now.”

Krumwiede was being treated at a U.S. military hospital in Afghanistan, and once stabilized, was expected to be airlifted to a hospital in the United States or Germany.

Krumwide's twin brother Mark is also in the Army. He recently returned from Iraq and Kuwait and is currently stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

The family told the State Journal that their faith in their son's recovery led to their decision to go forward with a family wedding, scheduled for this weekend in Idaho Falls.