He spent 6 weeks in an induced coma at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham before awakening to learn he had 36 separate injuries including the loss of both his legs, 18 fractures of the spine, shoulders, arms, jaw, sternum and pelvis.
His initial thoughts were to get his life back to normal as quickly as possible. He transferred to Headley Court and started his rehabilitation. In an effort to get back on track, he entered the selection process for the Inaugural Invictus Games in London 2014.
It was here he and the rest of the GB Armed forces team were victorious in winning a gold medal in Wheelchair Rugby. He has plans to compete at the next Invictus games in Orlando 2016 and has recently been selected to train for the GB development squad with an eye on the Rio Paralympics. He currently plays for the South Wales team; the Ospreys.
With Stuarts’ number of injuries this did not perturb his desire to regain as much normality of a full and active lifestyle as possible. He and a team of other serving members regularly take part in physical events in order to raise awareness and funds for a number of service charities. Even with a brachial plexus nerve injury in his left shoulder, Stuart managed to hand cycle from Paris to London and has plans to kayak around Greenland later on in 2016.
Using Stumbling blocks to build his stairway through adversity, Stuart has an undying desire to persevere and overcome any challenge or obstacle.