Idaho soldier still recovering from injuries sustained in Afghan blast
By JOEL MILLS | The Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune | Published: January 23, 2014
LEWISTON, Idaho — Staff Sgt. Cody Ensley, the Lewiston Green Beret injured in Afghanistan last year, has been transferred to a rehabilitation center as he continues to recover, his grandfather said Wednesday.
Cliff Ensley, a Lewiston saddlemaker, said Cody Ensley is also scheduled for another major surgery Friday. Doctors will put a plate in his head to replace a missing softball-size portion of his skull.
Cody Ensley suffered extensive injuries to the left side of his body when a roadside bomb exploded near his unit Nov. 13. The blast killed one Green Beret, and injured two others besides Ensley. He received initial treatment in Germany before his transfer to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
He is now being treated at the San Antonio Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, where he is slowly learning to speak and walk again, Cliff Ensley said.
It is still too early to say when Cody Ensley might be able to transfer to a rehab facility closer to home, he said.
Cody Ensley's parents continue to spend as much time as they can at his bedside, and can still use help defraying their travel and living expenses while in Texas. Those interested in donating to a fund to help with those expenses may do so at Banner Bank branches in Lewiston and Clarkston. An online fund has also been established.
Ensley graduated from Lewiston High School in 2006 before joining the military in 2008.