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Pictured: Toby Gutteridge in Sandbanks near Poole in Dorset with dogs Webster and the deceased Wogan <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.