A brave Brit fighting in Afghanistan has spoken out about a Christmas Eve horror explosion that saw him lose both legs and an arm.
Mark Ormrod, who stepped on an IED in 2007, told LadBible that despite the grim blast smashing his bones, he doesn’t let it define his life.
He said: "I still had my foot attached by a muscle strand that went down into a boot, but all the flesh had been ripped off.
“(It was) almost like when you get a really well-cooked rib and you can just slide the bone out – the bones were clean, the heat must have just melted it off.
"And then I saw that my arm was still attached but just f*****g shredded all down the bicep and the bone was smashed up."
But despite medics chopping off the battered body parts, courageous Mark has been determined to carry on and has since won 11 medals in the Invictus Games.
Alongside the athletic heroics, the former solider has become a top author and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.
He continued: "What saved me was having goals.
“The first thing I did when I got to rehab, my unit was still deployed, they still had a month left of the tour, then they were going to come home and have 10 weeks of leave, and then back to the unit for their medal presentation.
"So I set a goal that when that day came around, I was going to walk with prosthetics onto the parade ground.
“And that kept me in a positive mindset because it always gave me something to strive for."
As the anniversary comes up, despite being reminded of the surgeons cutting off his body parts, Mark insists it isn’t a painful time for him.
"A lot of people would think that Christmas is like a traumatic time for me, but it's the complete opposite.
"It's a time where I'm grateful for everything, from the lads on the ground, to the quick thinking of our medics and to the surgical procedures and attempts to get me home alive.
"And so Christmas for me, it's a happy time. It's a time when I'm grateful that I went through that and I survived."
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