A soldier who lost a limb after being blown up twice in a week in Afghanistan has battled against the odds to join troops training in Kenya.
Fusilier Sean Wiseman, from Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, thought his army career was over when, at the age of just 18, his right leg was amputated after he was injured while on foot patrol in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.
The blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in 2010 came just six days after he had survived another explosion with cuts and bruises.
Now, the 24-year-old’s determination to continue in active service has taken him all the way to east Africa for his first overseas posting with his battalion since his injury.
The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), are currently taking part in six-week training programme Exercise Askari Storm in the Kenyan bush.
Fus. Wiseman has been working alongside the quartermaster at the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK)’s base in Nanyuki town. He said:
“It’s my first time in Kenya because I’ve always had problems with my leg. This is the only time that I’ve been 100% clear, leg and health wise.
“I’ve stayed behind quite a lot of the time and it makes a big difference eventually getting out here.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in an office or out on the ground, it’s just another thing that I can say, ‘well, I’ve done this, being an amputee is nothing to be ashamed of’. You’re more proud of it because you’re achieving more each day.”
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