Triple amputee Afghan vet had to ‘beg, borrow & steal’ for treatment
Ex-Royal Marine Mark Ormrod, who lost three limbs while serving in Afghanistan, claims he had to “beg, borrow and steal” to receive the health care and treatment he needed.
Ormrod, 31, lost both of his legs and his right forearm after treading on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Helmand Province on Christmas Eve, 2007.
The former marine says he suffered while begging charities for money, adding the distress was far worse than the physical injuries he endured.
His personal account is detailed in a report written by 32-year-old Jon White, a former captain in the Royal Marines who also lost three limbs after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2010.
The report urged ministers to improve the way the Ministry of Defence and National Health Service care for amputee troops and veterans.
Ormrod had to raise more than £140,000 for artificial limbs and sockets to be fitted by experts at the Hanger Clinic in Oklahoma City.
In his account, he said: “I still continue to beg, borrow and steal to get the care and equipment that I need. It is a source of extreme stress and anxiety for me, my wife and my children, who all depend on me.”
He said begging charities for money hurt his pride and made him feel that his sacrifice for Britain was not worthwhile.
“To have to go through this after having given so much is painful and is actually more a cause of distress than the actual injuries themselves,” he said.
Ex Royal Marine Mark Ormrod talks about his experiences in Afghanistan and how BLESMA have helped him recover.With thanks to Pearldrop Ltd (www.peardrop.com), without who's expert footage, this film would not have been possible.Thanks also to the Soldiering on Through Life Trust (www.soldieringon.org).