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Within a year I’d learned to walk using prosthetics and then found myself sit-skiing in Colorado on a Blesma rehabilitation break. It was great to get out of hospital and be with a group of people in the same circumstances; guys who’d lost arms and legs in action just like me. It made me feel normal again.

Mark Ormrod was just 17 when he joined the Royal Marines. He was just under four months into a tour of duty in Afghanistan when on Christmas Eve 2007 he stepped on a improvised explosive device which blew up in front of him. He was the UK's first triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict.

“About three months into the posting we were on a routine patrol when there was a huge explosion. I thought we had come under attack but as I tried to compose myself in preparation for fighting off the attack I realised I wasn’t moving.

Then as the sand and the dust settled, I looked down and I realised I’d stepped on a landmine – both of my legs were gone. I was in shock and battered but my head was clear.

My daughter Kezia was going to be 3-years old in exactly a month’s time. I had no doubt I would see her next birthday.”

Mark lost both his legs and his right arm in the explosion. He was evacuated to the UK. When he finally regained consciousness, he found Becky, his then girlfriend, next to his bed. At this point Mark asked her to marry him and she said yes.

Shortly afterwards, Mark was approached by one of the Support Officers at Blesma who told him all about what Blesma do and how they would be able to help him.

We explained that there was life after amputation and that there were lots of other guys out there who were getting on with their lives and doing remarkable things. This gave him motivation and he decided that he wasn’t going to let his injuries get the better of him.

Just five months later although with painful and swollen wounds, he managed to walk with crutches and received his medal at an official Royal Marines ceremony.

“I didn’t want to be an embarrassment to Kezia or a burden to my new fiancée, Becky. I used that as my motivation to regain my independence and push myself as hard as I could so they would be proud of me.”

Mark was introduced to rehabilitation activities by Blesma. The rehabilitation was what would get Mark through his lowest times. He made it out to Colorado on a sit-skiing activity within a year of being injured. The trip was run by Blesma military amputees and designed to rebuild confidence and self-belief.

“The Blesma Support Officer told me that Blesma would help me get going again. He explained all the things they could do to help me and said that I’d be skiing or white-water rafting within a year if I wanted to. It didn’t really seem possible at that moment but I knew it was a turning point.

Soon after that the moment came for me to see Kezia for the first time since coming home. I was really nervous about her reaction but I shouldn’t have worried. She came tearing into the car and leapt on me squealing with giggles.

Within a year I’d learned to walk using prosthetic limbs and then found myself sit-skiing in Colorado on a Blesma rehabilitation break. It was great to get out of hospital and be with a group of people in the same circumstances; guys who’d lost arms and legs in action just like me. It made me feel normal again.

When I was in Selly Oak I never imagined my life would turn out so amazingly. I’m very lucky to be married to someone as supportive as Becky and to have three healthy kids. And because of all the help and support we get from Blesma, I’ve been able to spend more time at home and be a better dad and husband.

It’s a daunting thing to lose limbs when your job and your whole life is focused on being physically fit. But Blesma know how to help because every one of their members has been through exactly the same thing.”

Mark is now an owner of multiple small businesses and is also a motivational speaker and travels around the world to tell his story about how he overcame his horrific accident. He nas worked with The Royal Marines Charity, and other military charities where he represents each charity and speaks about the work they do.

Click here to find out more about his book "Man Down"

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Mark in training for the Invictus Games