Paratrooper badly hurt in Afghan explosion

Pte Luke Morrison of Stamford who lost a leg after stepping on an IED in Helmand, Afghanistan
Pte Luke Morrison of Stamford who lost a leg after stepping on an IED in Helmand, Afghanistan
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A PARATROOPER is recovering in hospital after being badly injured in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Pte Luke Morrison, who is 23 and from Stamford, was on patrol in Helmand Province when he was wounded by a land mine.

He has lost his left foot and suffered multiple injuries to his right leg.

Luke, who serves with 2 Para B Company, was flown back to the UK from Camp Bastion two days after the blast, which happened on February 19.

He is now Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.

His parents Douglas and Christine, who live on the Rutland Heights estate in Stamford, have been by his bedside since he returned.

His mum Christine said Luke was in good spirits and determined to make a full recovery.

She praised the hospital and Luke’s regiment and thanked well-wishers in Stamford for their support for the family.

She said that Luke, a former Casterton Community College pupil, had wanted to join the forces since he was 13.

Christine said: “He is recovering very well so far. The operations have gone as well as they could be. He is in very good spirits.

“He is very determined to get better.”

Christine says the circumstances of the explosion were unclear but it happened at 9am Afghanistan time.

The family found out five hours later when a representative of Luke’s regiment went to their home. He was flown back to this country during the early hours of February 21.

Since then Luke has had three operations. Surgeons have pinned his right ankle, which was dislocated, and have put plates in his right leg and treated the wound on his left leg. He will have another operation on his left leg on Monday. His mother said he was likely to have to have further surgery but would eventually be transferred to Headley Court rehabilation centre in Surrey.

She has praised the staff who have been treating her son.

She said: “Selly Oak has been very good. We have been very well looked after by 2 Para Regiment. Someone has been every day to make sure that everyone is OK.”

Christine said she and her husband and their daughter Hannah, 21, were very grateful to well-wishers in the town who have sent messages.

Christine said: “Hannah would especially like to thank everyone for their support.”

Luke attended the pre-uniform course at New College Stamford before joining up. He celebrated his passing out parade in 2009 at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick Garrison, in Yorkshire after more than a year of gruelling training.