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Most severely injured soldier is defying the odds

The most seriously injured British soldier to come from home Afghanistan is defying the odds with the help of a physiotherapist Photo: PA

The most seriously injured British soldier to come from home Afghanistan is defying the odds with the help of a physiotherapist from Leicestershire.

Paratrooper Ben Parkinson will today be fitted with £60,000 computer-assisted artificial legs at Rehab Prosthetics in Coalville.

Ben, from Doncaster, lost both legs and suffered massive head, chest and back injuries when a Taliban landmine exploded in 2006.

He also suffered brain damage which caused co-ordination problems similar to those associated with strokes.

With the help of physiotherapist Robert "Shep" Shepherd, a formal naval officer, Ben is making huge progress.

Today, Shep will fit him with a pair of C-Legs which contain microprocessors and can sense Ben's movements and react in advance.

Ben also has regular physio and therapy sessions at the Coalville company, and one day hopes to prove the doctors wrong by walking unaided.