Why We Do It

In the world of medicine we focus intently on advancements, improving patient outcomes, and pushing the bounds of science to better health, yet rarely as clinicians do we sit down to have detailed conversations with the very people we are trying to help or have helped.


It is a great privilege for us to speak with one person whose case was described in the episode Do What You Can, Air Force EOD TSgt Daniel Fye. Dan shares what it was like getting wounded by an IED in Afghanistan with the surprising symptom of unquenchable thirst to recovery & rehabilitation requiring him to regrow part of his remaining leg. Dan is an incredible example of perseverance, resilience, and strength all of which are exemplified by his recent completion of the fire academy & becoming a Firefighter.


Dan’s story reminds us that this is Why We Do It.

We respectfully remember the friend’s of TSgt Fye mentioned in the episode,

TSgt Kristoffer M. Solesbee & SSgt Joseph J. Hamski KIA May 26, 2011

Shorabak district, Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Link to Dan’s LLS Firefighter Stair climb Support Page


Charities that have supported Dan:

Air Force EOD Association

Semper Fi Fund & America’s Fund https://semperfifund.org/

Homes For Our Troops https://www.hfotusa.org/


Original Music for Antidotes, Stories in Medicine created by the US Army Combat Medic who treated Dan at the point of wounding, Peter Hopkins

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