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'I actually died six times' says victim of bomb

By Kent and Sussex Courier  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

  • SUICIDAL THOUGHTS: Jason Whybrow

  • Jason Whybrow, pictured in his ceremonial Guardsmen uniform. His story featured in Two Worlds exhibition.

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"I ARRIVED in Afghanistan on October 4 2009. Four days later I was blown up by a roadside bomb."

Jason Whybrow, from Maidstone, had joined the Army straight out of school and after 18 months' ceremonial duties in Britain, he was deployed to Afghanistan with the Coldstream Guards. He survived the explosion with his limbs intact but did not escape unscathed and was forced to cope with the loss of his friend in the same incident.

"I had severe brain injuries and they didn't expect me to live," he said. "I was on a life support machine for a month and I actually died six times. Even after I got through that I had forgotten everything and everyone. I didn't even recognise my mum and spent six months in a wheelchair because I had forgotten how to walk."

Aged 19, Jason was consigned to hospital for over a year-and-a-half. But during his rehabilitation all he could think about was getting back to the front line.

"I remember running down the road away from the hospital in socks and boxers because I didn't want to do the classes and rehab," he said.

Jason eventually quit the Army but then found himself at a complete loss.

At his lowest point, Jason even tried to kill himself.

He said: "I was having flashbacks and suicidal thoughts, everything was so bad. But then the Poppy Factory showed me the light."

The organisation, which makes the Remembrance Day poppies, paid for a year working with the West Kent YMCA's Horizon Project, mentoring and teaching teenagers who have left school with nothing.

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  • RJM_WKYMCA  |  October 28 2014, 4:22PM

    see http://tinyurl.com/kwdtpw32worlds/" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/kuw55ff West Kent YMCA staff have been key members in the Two Worlds project - from service life to civvy street - trying to raise awareness of many issues facing servicemen and women and their families as they transition out of uniform.. Here are some examples where we went public - to help others to realise that its ok to ask for help... Jason http://tinyurl.com/ko3qz8n and more recently finalist for the national Young Worker of the Year award http://tinyurl.com/p2gnoq6 and http://tinyurl.com/pkthbum Darryl http://tinyurl.com/og5jgax - who also mentors Jason Rob http://tinyurl.com/lrnjuv3 FIND OUT MORE - about the Two Worlds project, exhibitions and help that is available http://tinyurl.com/jwro488 Download the brochure from LEGACY - the third and final exhibition - at http://tinyurl.com/ofa9q5y If you would like to help us continue with this life-changing work do contact us confidentially on Heroes@WestKentYMCA.org.uk there are a number of organisations that can help, support or advise veterans and their families - - just go to the monthly veterans drop in and check out the links at the Two Worlds Project http://tinyurl.com/mbx68qh http://tinyurl.com/kwdtpw3 listen to a radio interview which includes some of our story about Darryl, Dave and Jason

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