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Doctors astonished as airman walks again

A SCOTS airman, who was paralysed from the chest down in an Afghanistan bomb blast, has astounded doctors by learning to walk again.

Doctors feared Kevin Ogilvie would not survive after he suffered seven broken and crushed vertebrae when an improvised explosive device (IED) ripped through the armoured vehicle he was driving while on patrol in Helmand Province in 2012.

Mr Ogilvie, who was 22 at the time, was flown back to the UK where he underwent months of treatment in England but was left confined to a wheelchair.

But the war veteran from Carnoustie, Angus, has now taken his first steps since the incident, thanks to a revolutionary new device.

The prototype "exoskeleton", developed by a New Zealand-based company, allows him to control a set of mechanical legs with a joystick.

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