Wounded paratrooper Luke is welcomed home to Stamford

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A PARATROOPER who was injured in Afghanistan has been given a hero’s welcome home by his family.

Pte Luke Morrison, 23, who lost a foot in a landmine explosion, has astounded surgeons with the progress of his recovery.

Less than two months after being wounded, Luke was allowed to leave the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham yesterday and return to his home in the Rutland Heights estate in Stamford.

He will spend two weeks with his parents Douglas and Christine and sister Hannah, 21, before heading to Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey.

His parents found out on Wednesday evening that he would be coming home.

Luke, who serves with 2 Para B Company, lost his left foot and suffered multiple injuries to his right leg in the blast, which happened while he was on patrol in Helmand province on February 19.

His dad Douglas, a self-employed painter, is thrilled to have Luke home.

Speaking before Luke’s arrival, Douglas said: “It is great, I am so excited and I can’t wait for him to come home.

“It will be nice for him to be in the family environment instead of being in the hospital.

“He wants to come home and chill out.

“He has been doing really well and the doctors and surgeons have been really surprised with how quickly he has healed.

“The surgeons have said that they are so fit, they are like athletes, that it puts them in good stead for healing.

“The surgeons said that the Paras are so fit they heal four times quicker than ordinary people.”

Luke has had five operations. Surgeons have pinned his right ankle, which was dislocated, put plates in his right leg and treated the wound on his left leg. He has also had a six-hour skin graft.

He is now using a wheelchair to get around and had started to have physiotherapy at hospital. It is hoped this will continue at RAF Wittering during his stay at home.

He will go to Headley Court on April 17 and will be fitted with a prosthetic limb there.

Luke has remained in good spirits and hopes to stay in the Army.

Douglas praised his son, saying he and other wounded servicemen in the hospital were an inspiration.

“Luke and all the guys in his ward are really amazing,” said Douglas. “They have been through so much yet remain in such good spirits.”

l New College Stamford will be holding a car boot sale on Sunday, April 17, to raise money for Luke. The gates open at 9am. Pitches cost £5 and you just turn up on the day.