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Miami Native Brett Parks Fights to Compete in Wounded Warrior Games UPDATE

Update: Parks told New Times via email that he had officially made the Wounded Warrior Games in swimming, track and field, and seated volleyball. The games take place Sept. 30 - Oct. 4 in Colorado, but Parks will remain in Jacksonville to train until then, he says.

Original post: On October 17, 2012, Brett Parks -- a Naval Airman student stationed in Jacksonville studying to be a flight engineer -- heard a scream behind his local fitness center. As he approached, a woman yelled, "Robbery!"

Parks bolted after the robber and caught up to him. He tried to subdue him. Then he heard a gun blast.

"I was shot in the abdomen," he says. "And the bullet trajectory went down and it shredded my kidney, blew up a third of my colon, and severed my venae cavae, which is the major artery that allows blood flow to your leg. I was in a coma for 20 days, and when I woke up, I didn't have a kidney, I didn't have a third of my colon, and I didn't have the lower part of my right leg."

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Ryan Cortes