João Silva back on the front page
Washington - A New York Times photographer who lost his legs to a mine in Afghanistan returned to the front page of the paper on Thursday with a picture from the US military hospital where he is undergoing treatment.
João Silva was wounded in October while on a patrol in Kandahar Province, evacuated to Germany and eventually to the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington.
Silva snapped a picture of soldiers and visitors at the closing ceremony for Walter Reed on Wednesday and it was selected for the front page of Thursday's edition of the newspaper.
The Times' director of photography, Michele McNally, told the newspaper a decision was made at the morning editorial meeting to assign Silva to cover the ceremony.
"It turns out that Joao was already shooting it," McNally said.
Silva is walking on prosthetic legs and with a cane. He told the Times: "There will come a time when I can run, but now I can walk."
While he can't run yet, the newspaper said Silva is training to compete in November's New York Marathon, using a handcycle.
With the closure of Walter Reed, Silva and other patients will receive treatment at the nearby National Naval Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland.
- New York Times story