Tag Archive: Afghanistan

Triathlon guides Canadian athlete Kimberly Fawcett-Smith through tragedy

Triathlon guides Canadian athlete Kimberly Fawcett-Smith through tragedy

Triathlon helped Kimberly Fawcett-Smith recover from losing her son, her leg and much of her military career in one terrible accident. The Air Force captain was preparing to leave for Afghanistan on Feb. 21, 2006. Her husband Maj. Curtis Smith had already been deployed to Congo. Fawcett-Smith was taking their infant son Keiran from CFB… View Article
Matawan veteran's mission to help fellow wounded warriors

Matawan veteran's mission to help fellow wounded warriors

The mortar exploded, mauling John Loosen’s left leg, kidney and most of his stomach. The 19-year-old Army infantryman was rushed back to the Cu Chi base camp in Vietnam, where the leg was amputated above the knee. The date was Dec. 29, 1967, and the attack was a lead-up to the Tet Offensive, a turning… View Article
Army super-gym and regional rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen

Army super-gym and regional rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen

This is “old” news from December 2009 but we’ve only just come across it and thought it was worth publishing as an example of what positive things can be achieved when money, will and effort come together. Thanks to Leggz for sending it in. What a fantastic difference this centre must already be making to… View Article

Amputee Scots Guard Gary Jamieson's Delight at Surprise Party

AN inspirational squaddie who lost three limbs in an explosion on his first patrol in Afghanistan returned to a huge hero’s welcome yesterday when his home town threw a massive surprise party in his honour. Brave Scots Guard Gary Jamieson was stunned when he turned into his street to be met by a pipe band… View Article
Surge in war amputees drives improved prosthetic research

Surge in war amputees drives improved prosthetic research

By LJ Anderson – Daily News Columnist Research scientist Richard Weir likes to build things — including artificial hands and arms — and if he succeeds over time, those who have lost a limb will have a better quality of life because of his efforts. Some of those who may benefit include the more than 1,000… View Article
Paternal Instinct. Father's fears for his Marines sons realised

Paternal Instinct. Father's fears for his Marines sons realised

A Norwood father’s fears come true as he gets word only months apart his two sons were injured fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan On the day his first son was born 24 years ago, Bob Brady had a fleeting thought. As he marveled at the perfect little being he and his wife, Diane,… View Article
Wounded Marine has 4th Amputation

Wounded Marine has 4th Amputation

CALEDONIA — Nearly two weeks after being critically wounded in Afghanistan, a Boone County Marine is continuing to fight for his life. Cpl. John Peck, 24, a former Rockford Jefferson High School and Antioch High School student, lost both of his legs and an arm when an improvised explosive device detonated on May 23. In… View Article
Gordon Brown pitches in as hero takes a fall outside No 10

Gordon Brown pitches in as hero takes a fall outside No 10

01.02.10 Gordon Brown came to the rescue of a solder who lost his legs in Afghanistan when he tripped on the doorstep outside10 Downing Street. Derek Derenalagi, 34, from Watford, a private in the 2nd Mercians, was at Downing Street with former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio to promote the Help for Heroes charity. The Fijian lost both legs in 2007… View Article

How can you help heal our broken heroes in the Mail's Christmas appeal

By Max Hastings Last updated at 10:05 PM on 04th December 2009 A young man in shorts stands in a ward chatting to a nurse, idly practising a golf swing with a reversed walking stick. Where his left leg should be, there is instead a densely engineered substitute of steel and hydraulics. On damp Tarmac… View Article

Solitary shoes a tactile symbol of amputees' sacrifices

By Seth Robbins, Stars and Stripes European edition, Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 2009 Seth Robbins / S&S Army Chaplain (Maj.) Eric R. Meyners looks over bins filled with shoes in the chaplain’s closet at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Meyners says he doesn’t notice the mateless shoes, which are meant for amputees, when he’s… View Article
Injured soldier praises public's support for troops

Injured soldier praises public's support for troops

A brave amputee hailed the public’s support of the Army as “phenomenal” as he watched his fellow soldiers take part in a homecoming parade in Croydon. Hundreds of people lined the streets to welcome home the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, which lost 13 men in Afghanistan this summer. The 100 members of 2 Rifles, based… View Article
Calls for Jimmy Carr to quit after joke on forces' amputees

Calls for Jimmy Carr to quit after joke on forces' amputees

By Victoria Ward 26/10/2009 A former Army commander yesterday called for Jimmy Carr to quit for making fun of soldiers who have lost limbs. Patrick Mercer, Conservative MP and chairman of the Commons subcommittee on terrorism, said certain subjects should be instinctively “off limits” for stand-up comics. Carr told a 2,500-strong audience at the Manchester… View Article
Prostheses that work like real limbs…

Prostheses that work like real limbs…

A doctor posed a simple question to Army Maj. A.J. Tong during his recovery from severe injuries in Iraq. “What do you want to do?” the doctor asked. “Everything I did before,” Tong recalls responding. Life had irrevocably changed for Tong, 33, who lives in Yelm. An especially lethal kind of roadside bomb hit him… View Article
New technology lets war vets with amputations get on with their lives

New technology lets war vets with amputations get on with their lives

Comparing Scars Comments (1) Thursday, August 27, 2009 By Laura Bennett Photo Courtesy of The News Journal For Rob Kislow, getting shot was a kind of relief. He remembers a moment of otherworldly calm as the percussive roar of gunfire and the voices of soldiers dissolved into white noise. He blinked back blood. He saw… View Article
Hospitals braced for doubling of Afghan wounded

Hospitals braced for doubling of Afghan wounded

The number of wounded troops being treated in military rehabilitation centres is set to have doubled by the end of this year with Afghanistan enduring its bloodiest period, new figures have shown. Thomas Harding and Aislinn Simpson Published: 7:00AM BST 25 Aug 2009 The news comes amid warnings that the pressure for spaces on the… View Article

New technology lets war vets with amputations get on with their lives

Comparing Scars Comments (1) Thursday, August 27, 2009 By Laura Bennett Photo Courtesy of The News Journal For Rob Kislow, getting shot was a kind of relief. He remembers a moment of otherworldly calm as the percussive roar of gunfire and the voices of soldiers dissolved into white noise. He blinked back blood. He saw… View Article
Wound research may speed troops’ recovery

Wound research may speed troops’ recovery

By Gregg Zoroya – USA Today Posted : Thursday Aug 20, 2009 19:21:48 EDT Military scientists have identified genes and proteins called biomarkers that could enable doctors to tailor personalized treatments for troops suffering traumatic injuries, such as those caused by roadside bombs. Researchers hope the troops will heal and recover faster, said Navy Cmdr…. View Article
Wound research may speed troops’ recovery

Wound research may speed troops’ recovery

By Gregg Zoroya – USA Today Posted : Thursday Aug 20, 2009 19:21:48 EDT Military scientists have identified genes and proteins called biomarkers that could enable doctors to tailor personalized treatments for troops suffering traumatic injuries, such as those caused by roadside bombs. Researchers hope the troops will heal and recover faster, said Navy Cmdr…. View Article
Hero Ben gets a hand from Harry

Hero Ben gets a hand from Harry

PRINCE Harry is supporting his wounded hero Ben McBean’s fight for a fair compensation deal, the Royal Marine revealed today. Double amputee Ben, 22, told of his royal backing as he launched a landmark bid against the MoD. As The Sun revealed last week, officials have refused to pay out for more than 100 wounds… View Article
Amputee, Private Matt Woollard, says he has a score to settle with the Taliban

Amputee, Private Matt Woollard, says he has a score to settle with the Taliban

by Michael Smith WHEN Private Matt Woollard stepped on a Taliban landmine in Afghanistan, his life was left hanging by a thread. His right foot was blown off, chunks of muscle were stripped from his forearms and his heart stopped three times after he was airlifted to a field hospital. Yet two years later, Woollard,… View Article

Marine: 'I still feel my feet. I still think I've got my legs'

Royal Marine Peter Dunning, who lost both legs when his army vehicle was blown up in Helmand province last year, talks about his experience of soldiering – and soldiering on Peter Dunning lives with his parents in Wallasey on the Wirral, in one of those cinematic streets that dip steeply down to the docks. At… View Article

Military amputees overcome adversity to challenge for Fastnet Race

Eighteen veterans who have lost limbs are taking part in races to qualify for the Fastnet Race Deborah Haynes, Defence Correspondent Two years and several operations after Lance Corporal Jonathan Lee lost his leg when a bomb blast threw him 50 metres into a minefield in Afghanistan, he plans to take part in the Fastnet… View Article

Amputee soldier returning home after leaving army

Jul 18 2009 by Tom Mullen, Evening Chronicle A SOLDIER who lost a leg in a Taliban bomb blast is leaving the Army and returning to Tyneside. Anthony Makin made headlines when he returned to the frontline in Afghanistan, despite losing his right leg in a roadside bombing. Former Defence Secretary Des Browne was among… View Article
Amputee soldier returning home after leaving army

Amputee soldier returning home after leaving army

Jul 18 2009 by Tom Mullen, Evening Chronicle A SOLDIER who lost a leg in a Taliban bomb blast is leaving the Army and returning to Tyneside. Anthony Makin made headlines when he returned to the frontline in Afghanistan, despite losing his right leg in a roadside bombing. Former Defence Secretary Des Browne was among… View Article
Amputee Para regains Independence

Amputee Para regains Independence

A paratrooper who learnt to walk again after losing three limbs in a bomb has spoken of his joy at regaining his independence by moving into a new home. (Please click on the link to see the video clip) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8115626.stm Lance Corporal Tom Neathway, 25, of Crowle, Worcestershire, was injured by a booby trap bomb… View Article

The Salamander.Research into ability to regrow body parts.

The salamander can regrow injured limbs, jaws, skin, organs and parts of its brain and spinal chord. (Reuters: Felipe Leon) Scientists are genetically modifying a bizarre looking Mexican salamander in the hope its ability to regenerate body parts will one day help human amputees. Also known as “water monsters,” the 15-centimetre-long axolotl is nearly extinct… View Article
The Salamander. Research into ability to regrow body parts.

The Salamander. Research into ability to regrow body parts.

The salamander can regrow injured limbs, jaws, skin, organs and parts of its brain and spinal chord. (Reuters: Felipe Leon) Scientists are genetically modifying a bizarre looking Mexican salamander in the hope its ability to regenerate body parts will one day help human amputees. Also known as “water monsters,” the 15-centimetre-long axolotl is nearly extinct… View Article
Amputee to Tackle Endurance Swim

Amputee to Tackle Endurance Swim

How amputee soldier Scott Blaney is fighting back May 30 2009 by Mike Malyon, Coventry Telegraph AMPUTEE soldier Scott Blaney is taking on his next challenge of an endurance swim across the English Channel. Cpl Blaney, from Nuneaton, has joined an army team for the annual inter-services open-water race to be held later this year…. View Article
Amputee to Tackle Endurance Swim

Amputee to Tackle Endurance Swim

How amputee soldier Scott Blaney is fighting back May 30 2009 by Mike Malyon, Coventry Telegraph AMPUTEE soldier Scott Blaney is taking on his next challenge of an endurance swim across the English Channel. Cpl Blaney, from Nuneaton, has joined an army team for the annual inter-services open-water race to be held later this year…. View Article
Amputee Veterans Battling Back

Amputee Veterans Battling Back

Amputee Veterans Battling Back By Frank Gardner BBC News in Bavaria Tom Neathway cuts an unusual figure, 6,000ft (1,829m) up in the Bavarian Alps. With one arm and both legs amputated above the knee, the 25-year old Parachute Regiment corporal is skiing in a “sitski”, effectively a wheelchair without the wheels, mounted on a single,… View Article