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An Airman’s recovery after a mysterious diagnosis
Chief Master Sgt. Chad Caden, the chief enlisted manager with the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, was able to go hiking in South Carolina in July 2017, nearly 7 months after receiving an amputation on his right leg. After years of pain, Caden was diagnosed with Osteonecrosis in his right foot, which caused a loss of blood flow to his foot and resulting in bone decay. Caden received his amputation on Dec. 27, 2016 to get rid of the pain, minimize the chance of the bone disease spreading, and increase his chance of returning to an active lifestyle. (Courtesy photo)