Charity night for brave corporal facing fitness battle
Last updated at 12:35, Friday, 08 February 2013
A Cockermouth soldier, who was shot four times while serving in Afghanistan, has been told that his injuries are so serious he may never return to the army.
It will take about two years for Corporal Luke Reeson, 25, to recover from the injuries he suffered while on an operation on November 29.
He was a section commander with a team looking for enemy weapons when they came under attack.
The team began to run towards the helicopter when Luke was shot. Two bullets hit his bag but four hit his body.
He said: “I was shot in both legs, a shin and my backside.
“I collapsed and fell over and everything went numb.
“I was about 328ft from the helicopter and my tibia and fibula were broken so my team had to drag me on to the helicopter.”
He was immediately transported to Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, where he underwent five blood transfusions and six operations in three weeks.
He was released just before Christmas in time to spend it at home with girlfriend Rebecca Sowerby.
Luke, who served with the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, is in a wheelchair and uses crutches.
He still suffers with pain and is undergoing physiotherapy.
The former Keswick School pupil said: “My injuries are so serious that it is more than likely that I won’t be able to return to the army.
“At the moment though I am not thinking about that. I am just concentrating on getting back on my feet, walking and running again and then I can look at my career.”
It is not the first time that Luke has been involved in a shooting incident in Afghanistan.
In 2010, a gunman’s bullet bounced off the floor, onto his chest plate and into his cheek, breaking his jaw.
He added: “I seem to have done this all before but it was my job as section commander to train my team and try to keep them alive.”
Luke said he was indebted to Rebecca, of Carlisle, and his sister Hannah, who helped him while he was in hospital.
Friends from Cockermouth Rugby Union Club, where he used to play, visited him in hospital.
A fund-raising event to help Luke has been organised in the Castle Bar in Cockermouth tomorrow. It has been arranged by owner Sean Cusack, one of Luke’s former rugby team-mates.
Sean has already sold 200 tickets for a raffle to be drawn at around 6.30pm. Prizes include a 32-inch flat screen television, laptop and Wii games console.
Live music will be performed from 8.30pm.
Sean has been helped in organising the raffle by friend Kevin Stevens, whose son Liam is Luke’s best friend.
First published at 12:20, Friday, 08 February 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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