U.S. Marine thanks friends, supporters after losing leg to rattlesnake bite

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FT. SILL, Okla. – An Oklahoma marine continues to recover from a ghastly wound. Doctors had to amputate his lower leg after he was bitten by a rattlesnake near Ft. Sill in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

The marine celebrated his birthday earlier this week and decided to reach out to friends and supporters.

In return for all those birthday wishes, Lt. Anthony Kemp decided to write a letter to his fellow Marines and friends.

“Thank you everyone for wishing me a happy birthday and being so incredibly supportive today,” Kemp wrote.

He said that despite his circumstances, it was one of the best birthdays he has had.

In the letter, he also said his eighth and final surgery was a success, saying his leg is closed and a skin graft was not needed.

“Lastly and maybe most importantly, a huge shout out to my platoon for all coming to visit today. Probably the best birthday present ever. I haven’t had that much fun in a while. I’ll miss all of you,” he wrote.

At the end of the letter, he signed it “Tony, world’s greatest Hop-Scotch Player.”



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