Joao Silva Returns to New York Times With Front-Page Photo Taken at Walter Reed

By: Steve Myers |

Nine months after he lost both legs to a land mine in Afghanistan, a photo by Joao Silva is on the front page of The New York Times. David Dunlap and James Estrin describe on the Times’ Lens blog what Times correspondent Sabrina Tavernise saw as she rushed to cover the closing ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where Silva has been a patient: “Mr. Silva, wearing a T-shirt with the exclamation ‘Pow! written across the front, was already on the scene. He was smiling. He was walking on his prosthetic legs. And he was taking pictures.”

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