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After Year in Hospital, Marine Finally Returns Home & Surprises His Little Girl

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It can happen in a blink. A moment that will forever alter the course of your life. For U.S. Marine Sgt. Camron Spiece, this moment occurred in October 2017.

The 25-year-old was involved in combat training on the base in Lejeune, North Carolina, at the time. While supervising a routine combat training exercise, things went horribly wrong.

Spiece had been loading a rocket launcher, something he told Lansing State Journal he’d done “800 times before.” But the launcher malfunctioned and the rocket exploded in the sergeant’s face.

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He has no memory of what happened and was unconscious in the hospital for two days following the explosion.

It took a year of recovery and physical therapy before Spiece could go home following his medical discharge from the military. He served for six years.

A brain injury, nerve damage and PTSD are just a few of the horrors Spiece has had to endure. But this husband and father of two still had a happy ending in store — or beginning, depending on how you look at it.

On Oct. 25 he was finally able to return home to his family. He couldn’t wait to surprise his 4-year-old daughter, Graycen, at school.

Graycen attends Oakview South Elementary School in St. Johns, Michigan. She had no idea what awaited her in the school’s hallway that day.

Looking rather dapper in his official dress blues, Spiece anxiously anticipated the moment his little girl would wrap her arms around him for the first time in far too long.

Their reunion is heartwarming, to say the least. Watch as this precious girl runs to her daddy with the biggest grin ever.

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This memory is certainly one these two will share and look back on for years to come. Though it’s been a rough road for Spiece, who says he still has nightmares, he’s glad for the time with his loved ones.

“I need to be here and see my kids,” he told Lansing State Journal. “I think I’m going to miss the military life, but I’m also excited to start this new chapter.”

Spiece’s story is inspiring. His positive outlook shows that there’s always an upside in even the direst of circumstances.

We wish this family all the best as they adjust to life with dad at home. No doubt Graycen will stick to her daddy’s side every step of the way.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
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Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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