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Video: Double amputee completes EMT training

He lost both his legs to bacterial meningitis when he was six, but it hasn't stopped him from pursuing a career saving lives

By EMS1 Staff

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. — After overcoming challenges in his own life, Andrew Bateson plans to make a difference for others.

This weekend the double amputee completed his training to become an EMT, NBC10 reports.

Bateson lost his legs to bacterial meningitis when he was 6-years-old, and has two prosthetic legs. But since he was a child, he never wanted to be treated differently.

He wore pants for about two weeks after the surgery, then proudly switched to shorts, displaying his physical state to the world.

As he completes his EMT training, he still channels the mantra of his 12-year-old self: Try and try until you get it.” 

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Darren Boyling Darren Boyling Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:46:18 PM Hats off to the guy. But how does he do with lifting and carrying pts
Chris Johnson Chris Johnson Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:21:54 PM
Leo Barrow Leo Barrow Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:50:23 PM yes way to go I love you.
Mike Rossi Mike Rossi Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:24:56 PM Congratulations Andrew! I wish you much success as an EMT and don't let anyone hold you down!! Welcome to the EMS Brotherhood.
Andrea Voyer Andrea Voyer Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:26:20 PM itll be a pleasure and an honor to work with you if you get on to the company i work for...good luck to you kid..2 months in and i know this was meant for me, im glad you didnt let anything hold you back from what you love...bright blessings to you
Mike Liebig Mike Liebig Tuesday, June 17, 2014 9:26:07 PM Proud of you......YOU GO
Glenda Lovejoy Glenda Lovejoy Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:02:55 PM awesome of luck to you in all your life's endeavors!

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