'Commando who refused to die' turned Invictus hero returns with haul of medals

Paul Vice from Exeter is back home after competing in the Invictus Games - where he won a host of medals. But he's brought back more than just medals, he's come back with a new lease of life.

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Invictus hero: 'Until you've been killed you don't know what it's like to be alive'

An Exeter man who suffered life-changing injuries during a bomb blast in Afghanistan has returned home from the Invictus Games with seven medals.

Paul Vice is known as the 'Commando who refused to die' after having around 100 injuries in the blast in 2011.

Perhaps what many might find surprising is that Paul says, he has no regrets and there is very little in his life he would change.

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I used to, before I got blown up I had a good life but I never used to take every opportunity, you know, oh I'll do that tomorrow, maybe I'll do something but now I just take every opportunity I can and just until you've been killed you don't really know what it's like to be alive.

I'm just so grateful that I'm actually alive so that I can spend time with my amazing wife and children so it makes you think, life is very precious it's not a dress rehearsal.

You get one crack at it and if you're sat at home watching this thinking just doubting yourself, don't, what's the worst that can happen?

You know, just go for it, smash life.

– Paul Vice

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