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War Veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan accuses NHS of abandoning him

War Veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan accuses NHS of abandoning him

A war veteran who lost both legs fighting in Afghanistan has accused the NHS of abandoning him.

Jay Baldwin, a former Army sergeant, has been refused help with his medical care because one of his operations involved radical new surgery and took place in Australia.

The father of three was seriously wounded and almost died after standing on an improvised explosive device in Helmand, Southern Afghanistan, while taking part in combat operations against the Taliban in January 2012.

He had already completed two tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan when he was wounded on his second deployment to Helmand. After numerous operations and months of rehabilitation, he underwent revolutionary surgery in Australia, which allowed him to walk again.

Mr Baldwin, 38, who also has three step-children, now needs another operation to enable him to lead a normal life without the use of a wheelchair, but has been told by the NHS that he may have to wait years before he will get the surgery that will allow him to walk again.

A letter sent to him by NHS England, which has been seen by The Telegraph, states that the department is unable to give him a date for his surgery.

After he was wounded, Mr Baldwin, who served with the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, underwent a process called osseointegration, where an implant is placed into the leg, allowing a prosthetic limb to be attached.

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