Greg Stevenson SWNS

The Amputee Veteran Who Became A PTI At The Centre Where He Recovered

An Afghanistan veteran who lost both his legs to a bomb blast says he has found new purpose as a personal trainer at the limb centre where...

Greg Stevenson SWNS

An Afghanistan veteran who lost both his legs to a bomb blast says he has found new purpose as a personal trainer at the limb centre where his injuries were treated.

Former Royal Engineer Greg Stevenson, 33, lost one leg above the knee and the other below when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol in 2009.

He said: "I was a Royal Engineer and had been in the Army for four years and was injured in my first tour.

"It was just a routine foot patrol and I had pushed into a building to get up on the rooftop for a better view of the area when I stood on an improvised explosive device.

"I remember experiencing a fairground ride sensation of being thrown and my stomach not feeling right."

Greg Stevenson
Greg says it "feels strange" still being a patient at the centre while working there

"The the other lads pulled me out and got me into the helicopter.

"The initial pain was in my face but as I came to it became evident I had lost my legs."

The soldier and father-of-two was flown to Camp Bastion for life-saving surgery before being transferred to the UK to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.

Following treatment at the Army rehabilitation centre Headley Court, Greg had his care shifted to the Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre (SMRC) in Preston.

After being fitted with prosthetic legs the former serviceman became qualified as a personal trainer and is now working at the SMRC as a physical training instructor.

He said: "In Afghanistan people getting injured and killed was such a regular occurrence that at first, I was quite accepting and pragmatic about what happened.

"As time went on I realised the extent of my injuries and how difficult it was to walk on prosthetic legs and the difference to my lifestyle."

Greg Stevenson

"Before this happened I loved playing football and was a keen runner.

"It was about coming to terms with the fact I wasn't going to be able to do things as easily any more."

Greg was one of the first veterans from the Afghanistan programme at the centre and says he cannot praise the care he received highly enough.

He said: "I have got the best prosthetic legs you can get and have also got running legs.

"I want to help those who want to take their exercise further and challenge their disability."

"I want to inspire the disabled community to make changes to their lifestyle.

"I am proud of myself as well for what I have achieved."

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