Scott Yarrington

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Lance Corporal Scott Yarrington lost both legs as a result of an improvised explosive device during a routine patrol in Southern Afghanistan whilst in deployment with the Irish Guards.

He had previously served in Iraq in 2007. He was deployed to Helmand Province, in southern Afghanistan, in September and was blown up just a week before he was due to arrive back on leave.

Scott said: “We were actually on an IED clearance operation north of Helmand near to the Forward Operating Base (FOB) when I stood on a device.

I was walking over to one of the lads. All I remember is that there was a huge bang. I just remember looking down at my arm and seeing how bad it was. I didn’t even look down at my legs. My mate came running over and they managed to get me onto the back of a quad bike. We were not far from the base, so I was put straight on a helicopter and flown to Camp Bastion.

I was in an induced coma for two weeks and I lost both my legs above the knee. My arm was also badly injured and both of my lungs collapsed before I arrived back at the QE Hospital in Birmingham”.