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Johnson City soldier critically injured in Afghanistan, now searching for surrogate

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - His story touched the lives of those who knew him best, complete strangers, and even the President of the United States: hometown hero, U.S. Army Specialist Marshall Lane.

Lane grew up in Johnson City. and was shot in Afghanistan while serving as a medic on August 13, 2012. He suffered critical injuries, and spent one month on life support before ultimately undergoing a kidney transplant.

Lane tells News Channel 11 his health has continued to strengthen ever since. That said, Wednesday, Marshall's wife Amanda posted on her blog:

"I'm sure it seems like from the outside that there is nothing left to show for the chaos that once consumed our lives. Not all wounds are visible."

News Channel 11's Kylie McGivern caught up with the couple as they near the  2-year mark since Marshall was shot. Their remarkable journey has brought them a long way in that time, but the Lanes say there's still one thing missing.

PFC Marshall Lane survived a bullet to the chest  -

"One actually got right beside where my body armor was," Marshall said.

Powered through a month on life support in Germany -

"Marshall made a recovery so fast that the doctor's couldn't keep up with him. I mean really," Amanda said.

Fourteen months at Walter Reed Hospital -

"Every day there was some kind of improvement," Amanda said.

And a kidney transplant, before looking back today - having come out on the other side.

"My health overall has improved," Marshall said. :Things are going great."

Because of that, he, his wife, and their son are now able to concentrate on the future.

"He's so much better than he was. He's as far as he can get in his recovery," Amanda said of her husband.

But their past, has come back to haunt them in a way they never imagined.

"When Marshall was injured, he had to go on dialysis, because the blood loss - it damaged his kidneys so badly. So because of the dialysis, it made things a little more difficult to have children. And there's just no coming back from it," Amanda said.

That, coupled with Amanda's personal reproductive struggles, has led them to their search for a surrogate mother to have a second child. It was a devastating blow after the battle to save Marshall's life.

"It was shattering," Amanda said. "That's the only way I can explain it. It's been really hard."

"We didn't realize how much of the injury would touch every aspect of our life. We expected some things to change but this - this is EVERYTHING. Everything," Amanda said.

"We had no idea. But you know, thank God we're able to do this," Marshall said.

Organizations Surrogacy Together and Expect Miracles have stepped up to help the Lanes complete their family, in their search for the final piece to a world they've put back together.

This is our missing piece," Amanda said. "Our last piece to the recovery."

The Lanes are searching for a surrogate to be ready for a transfer the first week of August.

For those considering being the Lane family's surrogate, email

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