On May 20, 2012, then a 29 year-old Michigan National Guard soldier, Eric and his team were hit by a roadside IED. Flipping his vehicle over and pinning him underneath, Lund suffered numerous severe injuries that included the loss of both arms.
In November 2017, Eric received a call he’s always been waiting for but never knew when it would come… On the other end of the line was a voice telling him they found a match and he and his family needed to catch the 4pm flight that afternoon from Grand Rapids, MI to Baltimore, MD. Eric successfully made it through a marathon 14-hour surgery that required an orchestrated symphony of over 30 surgeons, doctors, nurses, and staff to skillfully complete a double-arm transplant, one of only a few ever done in the world and the first of this degree at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Kendra and I were in the DMV area conducting our Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia projects, giving us the special opportunity to visit him and his mother, Laurie, while he was still stationed in the ICU.