Veteran walks after mortgaging home to pay for limbs

The Times, 18 January 2016

A soldier who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan has been able to walk for the first time in a year after mortgaging his home to fund prosthetic limbs.

Clive Smith, from Cannock, Staffordshire, stepped on an improvised explosive device in 2010. He said that he mortgaged his home when the Department of Health refused to offer help. He paid £90,000 for a trip Australia for pioneering surgery to fit titanium implants, supported by the charity Help for Heroes. Less than a fortnight after the surgery, on January 5, he is walking again. He said: "To have had the operation so quickly and to now be up and about on the limbs is amazing."

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