Brave Ben wins battle to stay in the army

INJURED war hero Ben Parkinson has won his fight to stay in the army so he can continue to receive full medical support,

The Ministry of Defence quashed fears that the most seriously injured soldier to survive the Afghanistan war will be discharged from the Army.

Ben, 27, lost both legs and suffered brain and back injuries in the bomb attack five years ago.

Ben defied doctors’ and started walking and talking again thanks to his rehabilitation that involves 37 hours a week of physio, speech therapy and gym work.

Ben’s family were concerned that, following a medical assessment, he would be discharged and the Army would stop funding his treatment.

Speaking about the Medical Assessment Board a MOD spokesman said: “This board does not make decisions about discharge or retention in the Army. Lance Bombardier Parkinson is still receiving treatment and rehabilitation for his injuries and he remains in the Army.”