COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A Columbia marine, whose wife is expecting a child in the coming weeks, is expected to be taken off life support after being wounded in Afghanistan on Monday, family members said.
According to a report in the Columbia Daily Herald, Andrew Carpenter, 27, is brain-dead after being shot in the neck while on patrol in Afghanistan.
Carpenter's father Kevin told the paper the bullet struck his son in the neck, severing his spinal cord.
The marine went without oxygen for 43 minutes and is now being kept alive by a ventilator.
"He was a great kid," Kevin Carpenter said. "He was real proud to be a marine." Andrew Carpenter, a 2002 graduate of Columbia Central High School, was deployed in August 2010 and was expected to return sometime this spring.
He met his wife Crissie while working at the YMCA in Columbia. She is expected to give birth to a baby boy in two weeks.
*The Columbia Daily Herald contributed to this report.