One ASTELLAS Spirit Run
Marine Staff Sergeant Scott's Deployment & Injury
Marines deploy - they deploy often. Often gone for months at a time at undisclosed locations, Marines fulfill some of the most challenging missions of the Department of Defense. Spouses and children of service members are expected to roll with the punches.
In August of 2006, Lilly Scott, six-months pregnant with their second child, got the biggest punch of her five-year stint as a Marine spouse - a call from Iraq.
Recognizing the country code displayed on the caller-ID, she expected to hear the voice of her husband, Blaine. Instead, it was his commanding officer. Through the pauses and echoes of the patchy overseas call, he delivered the devastating news. Blaine had been severely wounded from an improvised explosive device (IED). He suffered burns over 40% of his body, a compound fracture of his left ankle, and had been medevac’d to Landstuhl, Germany.
Lilly spent the next ten hours shell-shocked, waiting for an update. Fearful of going into early labor, she tried not to panic. All she could imagine was the worst; she prayed for her husband’s survival. The second phone update was short, “He’s still alive.” The next phone update later in the day, “He’s holding on to life. He’s going to survive.”
Four days after the explosion, Staff Sergeant Scott was transferred to San Antonio Military Medical Center’s Burn Unit. Leaving her young daughter Isabella behind with her parents in California, Lilly and her sister boarded a plane to Texas - not knowing what the future held for her family.
At the Fisher House
Her first stop in San Antonio was the Fisher House. For the first time in stressed-filled days since the call, she felt at peace. She recalls how if felt as she entered the Fisher House:
“The rooms were so beautiful. The staff and volunteers were unbelievably welcoming. There was food on the table, and I was starving.” Her first question to the manager was “How much does this cost?” When the response was “Nothing,” she cried. "Fisher House took a huge weight off of my shoulders. The feeling of relief was overwhelming.”
Lilly entered the Burn Unit two hours later, unprepared for the smells, sounds and level of heat (required to help keep internal organs of the burn victims functioning). She felt faint as she approached her husband’s hyper-sterile room. While forced to express her love from a distance, all she wanted to do was hold him. While she could not hold back every tear, she maintained her composure and reminded herself to think of the baby.
The Scott Family's New Normal
The road to recovery was long and difficult. It was an emotional and physical rollercoaster for both husband and wife. But through her new home-away-from-home at the Fisher House, Lilly was able to see her husband every day, to help him heal from his wounds, and face the challenges of rehabilitation together. With the help of Fisher House, they created their “new normal.”
After three months of calling the Fisher House home, Blaine and Lilly moved into their own quarters on the military base, where their son Blaine Joseph was welcomed into this world. Their daughter Isabella soon joined them. With their family now complete, they settled into their new home to continue the healing process, together as a family
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