Hull veteran given less than 10 years to live says military values helped save his life

Published: Friday 13th November 2015 by KCFM

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A Hull veteran believes his military attitude is keeping him alive after being given less than 10 years to live.

Alex Smith suffered a brain injury after being knocked down in Lincoln, just six months after undergoing a heart transplant.

He says positivity is key to getting on with life: “People say it’s God that saved you and that. Now, the only reason I survived is because I didn’t give in. As a British Soldier, you’re told you go forward, you never go backwards. You don’t back down. That’s life for me. You’ve got to be positive otherwise you just go down down down, and it’s game over. I’ve got too much to live for.”

Alex explains the extent of his injuries: “It took me three years to admit I was disabled, I hated that. My brain damage was so severe, they said at one point I had 7% on the left-hand side of my brain that worked properly, and on the right it’s like 98%. Sometimes you just don’t think right, so it’s just getting back into stuff. It’s like writing and computers.”

But he believes his military attitudes help keep him alive: “I kept going in and out of theatre and I was in a bad, bad way. I went from 20 stone to 9 stone. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t stand up. But you’ve just got to keep positive, otherwise you will, you’ll go. When people tell you you’ve got minutes or hours, you can’t ignore it.”

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Published: Friday 13th November 2015 by KCFM

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