In the third hour of the nationally syndicated Car Pro Show, we were talking about my video-of-the-week. If you missed it, here is the description and the video:
Take a look at the Karakoram Highway that many call the 8th wonder of the world. It runs 800 miles from Pakistan to China and is the highest paved road in the world. 900 workers lost their lives building it. Construction started in 1959 and completed in 1986.
Dr. Joe Agris
I looked at my call screen and had a Joe calling from Houston who said he had driven this highway.
Turns out it was Dr. Joe Agris, and sure enough he had ridden in a van on the Karakoram Highway, with armed guards to reach children as part of Doctors Without Borders. It was chilling as he described how narrow the road was as rocks were crumbling on the sides and the tires on the van were over the edge.
Dr. Joe was the doctor who treated seven Iraqi men who had their right arms amputated by Saddam Hussein’s henchmen. By the time the patients left Agris’ care in 2004, they had experienced many of the joys of life in Texas, and they were wearing bionic arms that looked and performed almost like real limbs.
In 2010, Dr. Agris was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President Obama. Earlier, he was praised for his selfless work by President George W. Bush during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. He has written a number of books, including Tears On The Sand, his story of meeting with Osama Bin Laden while on one of his mission trips.
The book he referenced that was about to be released is called A Mission Divided.
Thank you, Dr. Joe, for joining us on the show Saturday. If you missed the call, you can listen to it here:
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