Parris Island Marine recruit paralyzed

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PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — The Marines are investigating an incident last month during basic training that left a 19-year-old recruit from Florida paralyzed.

A spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island told The Beaufort Gazette that officials would not talk about exactly what happened when Pfc. Nick Battles was hurt Nov. 9 because it is still under investigation.

A blog set up by Battles’ family says the Tampa native collided with a fellow recruit on the last field day of basic training. The collision injured his spine, paralyzing Battles below his chest.

The family says Battles is rehabilitating in a Tampa hospital and was promoted to private first class while in the hospital.

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Farmboy 12/19/11 - 04:19 pm
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I would give anything if I

I would give anything if I could help cure this terrible condition.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/19/11 - 06:43 pm
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This is awful. My heart goes

This is awful. My heart goes out to the injured recruit and his family/friends.

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 12/19/11 - 07:47 pm
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I sure hope the military
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I sure hope the military provides him with the best medicine has to offer.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 12/19/11 - 10:33 pm
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Heartbreaking.

Heartbreaking.

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