Recovery continues for MailnIt’s been nearly one month since an improvised explosive device changed the lives of 2002 Farmington High School graduate Kyle Malin and his family. These days, though, they’re all feeling better about the soldier’s progress.
By: Michelle Leonard, The Farmington Independent
It’s been nearly one month since an improvised explosive device changed the lives of 2002 Farmington High School graduate Kyle Malin and his family. These days, though, they’re all feeling better about the soldier’s progress.
Malin has been at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., since July 18. He was transported to Walter Reed after an IED exploded nearby while he was on foot patrol in Afghanistan.
According to his dad, Jon Malin, Kyle’s recovery is “progressing pretty nicely.” Kyle has been in a wheelchair for a couple of weeks now, spending more time in the seat every day.
“Today, he’ll stay out in it for three to four hours,” Jon Malin said Tuesday. “He does get a little sore, but his wounds are healing up pretty well. Doctors are telling us he’s making good progress.”
Kyle Malin has met with a physical therapist on a couple of occasions, but they’ve not started a regular physical therapy routine. Jon said doctors have told Kyle and the family that every type of wound has a series of things that have to happen in a certain order for that wound to heal as best it can. Sometimes, Jon admits, it’s a little bit of a “hurry up and wait” game, because they know Kyle will eventually need prosthetics, but he’s not yet far enough in his recovery for those.
The Malins have been assured Kyle’s recovery is right on track. So far, everything seems to be going well, Jon said.
“We’ve seen some people who have had some setbacks, things that can slow down on their injuries. Right now, we haven’t had that with Kyle. Things are going along pretty smoothly. No major infections, and his attitude has been pretty good. It feels like he’s going along with the program and getting himself better. It’s just one of those things you wish would go faster, but we know it will take time to get there,” Jon said.
There are a couple other soldiers from Malin’s unit who are at Walter Reed right now. When possible, Kyle gets out to visit with them. He’s had his fair share of visitors too — mostly generals who are in the area. On Monday, members of the New Orleans Saints stopped by to say hello, but Kyle had just had another surgery and was not in the.
Jon and his wife Deb came back to their Lakeville home for a few days last week. They flew back to Washington, D.C., earlier this week and plan to stay there for another two weeks. Kyle will likely remain at Walter Reed for several months.
Anyone wishing to send a card of encouragement or support to Kyle may do so by mailing: SSGT Kyle Malin, c/o Jon Malin, 20355 Hamburg Ave., Lakeville, Minn., 55044; or by joining the facebook page Helping a Hero, which was set up by friends to lend support to Kyle.