War Hero Andy Reid Lost Two Legs And An Arm In Afghanistan...But Now He's Going To Be A Dad

15/08/2012 13:48 | Updated 22 May 2015
War hero Andy Reid lost two legs and an arm in Afghanistan...but now he's going to be a dad


One of the Army's most injured soldiers is going to be a dad to a baby boy, he has revealed.

Afghanistan hero Andy Reid nearly died when he lost both legs and an arm when he was blown up by a booby-trapped Taliban bomb in 2009.

It was feared he and his wife Claire would never be able to have children.

But yesterday, he revealed to the Sun, that the couple are expecting their first child in November.

Andy, 35, said: "Holding my son for the first time is going to be mega. I'll be so proud. Claire and I talked long and hard about having a family. There are things I worried I would not be able to do - even little things like changing a nappy. But there is so much we can give a child."

Claire, 31, said that often booby-trap blast victims lose the ability to have children and added: "We know how fortunate we are. We are overjoyed. And in one recent scan the baby even did a little salute with his arm."

The couple, who live in St Helens, Merseyside, will call the boy William.

The pregnancy completes an amazing turn around for Andy. In 2010 he was awarded a Sun Millies gong for Overcoming Adversity. At the presentation he vowed to dance at his wedding on his prosthetic limbs - and did so the following year.

Andy said: "If there is one thing that spurs me on, it's the guys that never made it back. I feel privileged to be here."


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