Andy Grant

At such a young age, Andy has been through more than most people do in their lifetime. From losing his mother aged 12, to joining the Royal Marines, to active service in Iraq and Afghanistan, to being injured by an IED, Medically Discharged and facing life as an amputee.

Although what Andy has been through is unique, the problems and adversities we all face in our daily lives are very similar. By sharing his story and sharing the 'S.M.A.R.T' technique - a mnemonic he has created to help him and others deal with problems. He shows that life will put you in all kinds of situations. That's inevitable, however these situations do not determine you as a person, but how you react to these situations will determine who you are as a person.

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Andy Grant is not your typical 20-something.

Aged 12, he faced life without his mum as she passed away after battling with Leukemia. Now aged 24, he is an Iraq and Afghanistan War Veteran, a former Royal Marine Commando of 6 and a half years, an amputee, father, partner and Motivational Speaker. 

While out serving with 45 Commando, Royal Marines on Herrick 9 in Helmand Provence, , he was critically injured when a trip wire attached to 2 IEDs was triggered by the lead man. Both IEDs were detonated.

After receiving life saving treatment on the ground by his fellow Royal Marines, he was airlifted to Camp Bastion. 

He suffered 27 separate injuries and woke up 2 weeks later from a coma, in Birmingham, at the then Selly Oak Hospital. He stayed in hospital for a further 3 months receiving treatment. He was only 20 years old.

For the next 18 months he spent all his time in and out of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, also known as Headley Court in Surrey, were he began to adjust to life with his injuries.

With wounds to his right leg not healing as it was hoped, he was faced with a life changing and extremely agonising decision. Whether to have his leg amputated. After a few hard months and time spent speaking with surgeons and his family, he had made his decision.

On the 25th of November 2010, aged only 22, he had his right leg amputated, just below the knee.

5 days in hospital and armed with a packet of paracetomol, he was discharged from hospital and headed back home to Liverpool, to be with his family, where he lives with his partner Leonie, and children, Payton and Brooke.

As one door closes, another opens. He has turned, what some may say, is a negative into a positive and now spends his time traveling around the country talking about his experiences, a life beyond injury and sharing how he continues to overcome adversity.

Andy recently competed in the Invictus Games coming away with two Gold Medals in 400m and 1,500m Men's Ambulant IT1.

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