Injured Antioch Marine home for Mother's Day

May 8, 2011 8:11:29 AM PDT
On this Mother's Day, a mother from Antioch is grateful her son is alive after he survived a blast in Afghanistan.

Marine Corporal John Peck -- also of Antioch-- is home for a one-week visit. He lost both his legs and most of his arms when he stepped on an explosive device nearly one year ago.

Since then, he's had 28 surgeries.

Peck has been at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, and this is his first visit home since the injury.

"It's good to know that I get to be with him and have him this Mother's Day. Not that I don't love my two daughters, too," said mother Lisa Krutyholowa. "For over two months, it was touch and go. He was living minute to minute. So, I've got him."

A fundraiser and blood drive have been organized for Monday in Peck's honor at the Antioch VFW from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Peck will return to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC, where he will continue his therapy.

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