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RATHDRUM, Idaho. – Christmas in one Idaho home is taking on a special meaning this year for a soldier who returned home after being shot in the hand almost two years ago.
    
Sgt. Taylor Scott was shot in the left hand while clearing a home in Iraq just two weeks before he was scheduled to return from deployment.

"One of the first doctors we saw said she wanted to amputate his whole hand," said his wife and high school sweetheart, Ariel.  "Having that kind of news would be just devastating."

Scott wears his wedding ring every day on his left hand.

"I've never taken it off," he said.  

A feeling just before he entered the home in Iraq prompted him to remove the ring and place it on his dog tags. Doctors said it was a good thing he did.

"The doctor said they would have had to cut my finger off to get it off," he said.

The ring is made of titanium, a light, strong metal that is almost impossible to cut off.  Scott says he surely would have lost his finger and the ability to wear his wedding ring if he was wearing it when he was shot in the hand.

Doctors saved his hand from being amputated over the course of 13 surgeries, nine screws and several skin grafts.

Just as Sgt. Scott returned to the United States, he learned his ring was missing. Scott says the Army misplaced it when fellow soldiers returned from deployment.

While Scott re-learned how to use his left hand for everyday tasks like holding his kids and drinking from a soda can, he missed his ring.

He and his wife considered buying a new ring, but said it didn't feel right.

He says seven to eight months after his ring was lost, the Army found it and returned it to the Idaho family in August of 2008.

"It symbolizes so much to me, I guess most women are that way," said Ariel.  "I just went back to the day we got married and it was so exciting just to seal our lives together.

Now more than a year after the ring was returned, the family is returning to North Idaho to celebrate Christmas with their family, giving thanks for each other and the return of the wedding ring.

Sgt. Scott and his wife are getting ready to start college classes in Colorado, but plan to spend time with their families until early next year.

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