Video: Afghan amputee takes first steps with £90k bionic legs

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A war hero who was “betrayed” by the NHS after he lost both his legs in a Taliban bomb blast has taken his first steps on his new £90,000 bionic limbs.

Clive Smith, 30, had to remortgage his home to pay for the surgery in Australia which joined titanium rods to his thigh bones so that he could snap them onto his prosthetics. He was left badly injured after he stepped on a bomb as he led a mines weeping patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province in October 2010. The Lance Corporal lost both legs after triggering the Taliban planted IED device while serving with the 33 Engineer Regiment during the height of the conflict.

Lance Corporal Clive Smith takes his first steps after a �90,000 operation to fit titanium sockets to the remaining bones in his legs. See News Team story NTIHERO; A war hero who was "betrayed" by the NHS after he lost both his legs in a Taliban bomb blast has taken his first steps on his new �90,000 bionic limbs. Clive Smith, 30, had to remortgage his home to pay for the surgery in Australia which joined titanium rods to his thigh bones so that he could snap them onto his prosthetics. He was left badly injured after he stepped on a bomb as he led a mine sweeping patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province in October 2010. The Lance Corporal lost both legs after triggering the Taliban planted IED device while serving with the 33 Engineer Regiment during the height of the conflict.

Lance Corporal Clive Smith takes his first steps after a �90,000 operation to fit titanium sockets to the remaining bones in his legs. See News Team story NTIHERO; A war hero who was "betrayed" by the NHS after he lost both his legs in a Taliban bomb blast has taken his first steps on his new �90,000 bionic limbs. Clive Smith, 30, had to remortgage his home to pay for the surgery in Australia which joined titanium rods to his thigh bones so that he could snap them onto his prosthetics. He was left badly injured after he stepped on a bomb as he led a mine sweeping patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province in October 2010. The Lance Corporal lost both legs after triggering the Taliban planted IED device while serving with the 33 Engineer Regiment during the height of the conflict.

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