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Pictured: Toby Gutteridge in hospital at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan in 2009 just afer he was shot in the shoulder. He could have gone home, but discharged himself to rejoin his unit and on their next raid he was shot in the neck and paralysed. <br />
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An Afghan veteran left paralysed after being shot has revealed for the first time how he rejected the chance to return home a firtnight earlier having taken a bullet in the shoulder. <br />
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Special Forces soldier Toby Gutteridge, now 37, was raiding a compound in 2009 when he was shot clean through the neck, the bullet from an AK47 shattering his spinal cord.<br />
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His colleagues assumed he was dead and after he was flown from the battlefield medics and doctors gave him almost no chance of survival.<br />
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But the 24-year-old, whose childhood motto ‘never will I die’ is the title of his newly-released book, stunned the medical world by pulling through.