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Royal Marine Wins Landmark Case Against MoD After Infection

A Royal Marine who contracted the debilitating Q fever in the last days of his tour of Afghanistan, has won a landmark court case against...

A Royal Marine who contracted the debilitating Q fever in the last days of his tour of Afghanistan, has won a landmark court case against the MoD.
 
Cpl Phil Eaglesham will receive damages worth millions of pounds to pay for his long-term care.
 
But his solicitor says there are more cases waiting to be heard, and the case could pave the way for further payouts.
 
It's also become clear the MoD failed to warn troops or protect them against the disease.
 
Like too many of his Royal Marine colleagues, at just 35-years-old, Cpl Phil Eaglesham is confined to a wheelchair. 
 
Phil's disease opened his eyes to the stigma that goes with disability.
 
He's now working with a team at Sheffield University to redesign the wheelchair for the 21st century.
 
The Victor has a slimline profile, superb mobility and it elevates the user to eye level, making everyday social interaction much easier.
 
Phil will need round the clock professional care for the rest of his life, and he'll never work again.
 
The bacteria which causes Q fever is found in the soil and is prevalent in southern Afghanistan.