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Soldier whose leg was shattered by IED in Afghanistan will stroll his bride down the aisle

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Soldier whose leg was shattered by IED in Afghanistan will stroll his bride down the aisle

Army vet Ben Bainbridge was simply 18 when an IED explosion in Afghanistan left him with near-fatal accidents together with extreme nerve injury to his leg

Army veteran Ben Bainbridge, 30, was left with such extensive injuries from an IED in Afghanistan that he had just two pints of blood in his body after the blast
Army veteran Ben Bainbridge, 30, was left with such intensive accidents from an IED in Afghanistan that he had simply two pints of blood in his physique after the blast

A soldier whose leg was shattered after an explosion in Afghanistan is trying ahead to lastly having the ability to stroll his bride down the aisle.

Ben Bainbridge, now 30, was simply 18 when an IED was detonated subsequent to him whereas on tour.

He was left with such extreme accidents that he had solely two pints of blood left when specialist medics got here to avoid wasting him.

After surviving the ordeal, he was left with extreme nerve injury to his left leg.

With his foot paralysed, he struggled to stroll and sometimes stumbled or tripped over, Manchester Evening News stories.

But a new customised leg brace funded by Help for Heroes has helped him get again on his ft.

And now that he’s strolling, Ben plans to escort his fiancée Steph Dunn, 31, down the aisle on their marriage ceremony day in January.

It might be a celebration for the couple – from Beverley, Yorkshire – of their vows and an vital milestone in Ben’s restoration.








Ben along with his bride Steph (backside left) and daughters Ellie and Ariel
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The marriage ceremony might be a celebration of the couple’s vows and an vital milestone for Ben
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Within a yr of becoming a member of the Army, Ben was deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment to battle the Taliban.

During one gun battle, the infantry soldier took cowl in a ditch and returned hearth till Ben and his troops ready to maneuver however then the hidden bomb subsequent to him was detonated by a distant gadget.

The full influence shattered his left leg, hit the principle artery in his groin and punctured his proper lung.

His squadron taken care of him for an agonising 21 minutes till specialist medics arrived by helicopter, by which era, he had solely two pints of blood left in his physique.








Ben’s squadron needed to take care of his accidents for a gruelling 21 minutes earlier than specialist medics got here to assist
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Ben mentioned: “I know I could easily have been killed by the blast or from losing so much blood, the surgeons have said I was a fighter and I had youth on my side.”

After being put into an induced coma and stabilised, Ben was transferred again to the UK and spent two years on the army’s Headley Court rehabilitation centre and, regardless of aiming to proceed his profession within the Army, he was medically discharged in 2013.

The sciatic nerve injury to his left leg has induced “foot drop” and the every day power ache varies from numbness to pins and needles or a burning sensation.

“It has been tough, there are a lot of things I struggle to do, like being able go on a long walk with our dog,” mentioned Ben.

“I would love for us to be able to go out and enjoy a proper family day out with our girls, Ellie, 11 and Ariel, seven, and go ice-skating or rock climbing.

“I really wanted to go back into the Army as my career had not been long enough. When you leave the military, you feel like you are just a number to them so when I was medically discharged I got depressed as I felt alone and future looked bleak.”








Ben can now stroll because of a specialist leg brace funded by Help for Heroes
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Ben’s fiancée Steph reached out to Help for Heroes and he was assessed by Duane “Fletch” Fletcher, Veterans’ Clinical Advisor, who spent 39 years serving within the army as a registered nurse and a nursing officer and was made an MBE after serving to to develop the primary fully-functional Afghan-run trauma centre in Helmand province.

Fletch accompanied Steph and Ben to his hospital appointment when he had a customized leg brace with a spring fitted, which efficiently holds his foot in place.

Ben mentioned: “Usually my ankle is hypersensitive but this leg brace feels comfortable as it fits on the outside of my shoes and goes up to my calf so stops my foot from flopping.

“I’m not ashamed of my foot but I’m looking forward to walking up the aisle and having people stare at me for the right reasons.”

The marriage proposal was a complete shock for Steph when it occurred on Mother’s Day in March this yr, a mission that the couple’s pets had been instrumental in finishing up.

She burst into tears after immediately saying “Yes!” to the playing cards that Ben had tied to every of their Jack Russell canine’ collars – Molly’s learn “Will You?” and Rex’s learn “Marry Me?”

Steph mentioned: “When he stood up and walked for the first time in the new leg brace, I cried, it felt so amazing. It was overwhelming because just being able to walk has been a daily struggle for him for 11 years.

“Help for Heroes has been there for both of us, I’m now in touch with other people whose partners have been injured so neither of us feels so alone anymore. It’s never too late.”


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