Were it not for the plate in his body armor, Army Sgt. Joe Morrissey would never have been married, and his daughter would not be ready to enter the world in a matter of weeks.
The reality of the situation was not lost on his wife, Nikki, a Harford County native, who is seven months pregnant with their daughter, Harper, due in November.
"It's pretty amazing how much was able to happen just because of a piece of equipment," Nikki Morrissey said.
Joe Morrissey, a native of Florida, survived being shot in the abdomen by an insurgent on Aug. 9, 2012 during his second deployment to Afghanistan, protected by the Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert, or ESAPI,...