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Golf centre war hero gets a leg up

Patient David Sneddon on the treadmill  at the SMART centre at the Astley Ainsley hospital in Edinburgh.

Patient David Sneddon on the treadmill at the SMART centre at the Astley Ainsley hospital in Edinburgh.

A WAR hero who lost his leg fighting in Afghanistan is now able to enjoy playing football with his son after becoming one of the first ex-servicemen in Scotland to get a revolutionary bionic leg.

Dad-of-two David Sneddon was shot by Taliban fighters whilst on patrol with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

He spent nearly two-and-a-half years undergoing a 
series of surgical procedures and endured two failed knee replacements before 
opting for elective amputation.

David learned how to walk again with a standard prosthetic limb before being discharged from the Army in June this year.

Now the 36-year-old Kingsfield Golf Centre employee has been fitted with a state-of-the-art micro-processor limb worth £35,000.

“When I first got it, I couldn’t adapt to it and was struggling massively because it was different to the one I had,” he said. “It took about three or four months of persevering with it.”

“I’m so glad I did. I don’t have to think about walking, I can just do it now. It comes as naturally to me as to anyone else.’’

 

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