Army Pfc. Tommy Langseth’s condition continues to improve

Twenty-year-old Army Pfc. Tommy Langseth of Brady underwent his second eye surgery Thursday morning to repair damages to his right eye caused by an improvised explosive device which detonated just six miles from his base in Iraq. “The doctors won’t know how much damage there is until they get in there,” said Karen Langseth, Tommy’s mother. “It will take a month to a month-and-a-half until they learn how much vision he will have in either eye.” Pfc. Langseth underwent surgery to his left eye last week, and according to Mrs. Langseth, his physicians remain optimistic. The injuries he sustained to his face and arm are healing very well. “We’ve had him up and out of bed a couple of times in his wheelchair which is very positive for someone in his condition,” she said. “As far as his spirit’he has highs and lows’but most of the time he’s in pretty good spirit.” Aside from the number of concerned calls from friends and well-wishers, Pfc. Langseth has had a number of visitors including government officials, military generals and the Dodgers baseball team which stopped in Tuesday for a visit. Several well-known authors who write about wartime visited with him and gave him autographed copies of their books, according to Mrs. Langseth. To add to Pfc. Langseth’s good spirits, his brother, Jon, arrived Tuesday evening after the Famed Brady Bulldog Band wrapped up its end-of-year band trip to Florida. FBBB director, Butch Crudgington, assisted the Langseths in re-routing Jon’s flight from Florida to Washington, D.C. As for the family’s spirits, Mrs. Langseth added, “We’re taking it one day at a time; that’s all we can do. The army has taken care of everything. They have truly been amazing. We want everyone to know how grateful we are for the calls, cards and general concern we have received, and we ask everyone to keep praying for Tommy’s eyesight.” The Langseths will head back to Brady for two or three days to check on everything at home and will return to Washington to help Tommy celebrate his 21st birthday next Friday, June 8. Anyone who would like to contact Pfc. Langseth and send their regards may write to: Pfc. Langseth, Ward 68, 6900 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20307.

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