On 25 July 2009, Rifleman Dean Williams of 2 RIFLES, then 19 years old, sustained severe multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen whilst on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Transfused with 75 litres of blood and 75 units of platelets, enough to totally replace his blood at least 10 times, his condition was stabilised at Camp Bastion before he was flown to Germany by USAF C-17, accompanied by a highly skilled US Army medical team using Nova Lung Technology.
Twenty hours after being wounded he found himself flown by helicopter from Ramstein Airbase in Germany to the nearby University of Regensburg Lung Centre.
Subsequently Dean was treated at The Defence Medical Centre at Selly Oak, Birmingham and Headley Court.
Dean wanted to find a property near his original home in Wiltshire and after a long search, HHT found a suitable house in Pewsey, Wiltshire, which Dean and HHT have jointly purchased under HHT’s shared ownership scheme. Dean’s AFCS initial payment had been disappointingly small, so he was glad to be able to take advantage of HHT’s shared ownership scheme to buy a property in this affluent area. Dean received good news in January 2013 that on appeal his AFCS award has been increased, which will enable him to purchase further equity in the house.