Michael Swain joined the British Army at the young age of just 16 after realizing he wanted more of a challenge in life. Due to Michael’s age he had to undergo a year and half of military training before he was subsequently posted to 3 Rifles in Edinburgh.
During his time at 3 Rifles Michael passed his PTI (Physical Training Instructor) course and was the youngest PTI in the battalion at the age of 18. After exercises in the Falklands and Kenya, Michael started pre-deployment training ready for a winter tour of Afghanistan in September 2009 at a time when the fight against the Taliban was at its most volatile.
After two months into his tour in Afghanistan, whilst on foot patrol in Sanging Afghanistan Michael was severely injured. While patrolling through the Southern Green Zone to give clearance to the American bomb disposal team Michael was hit by an IED (Improvised explosive device) laid by the insurgents resulting in what were to be, life changing injuries.
The blast left Michael a double amputee above the knees with serious shrapnel wounds to both arms and with a long journey to recovery ahead of him.
Michael’s recovery spanned over 4 years going between surgery and rehabilitation primarily at Headley Court. Throughout these years he struggled to walk, when in January 2014 he underwent life changing surgery in Sydney becoming the first British soldier to receive Osteointegration.
Despite the injuries he sustained in 2009 and alongside the continuous struggles associated with Michael’s rehabilitation he actively challenged himself in numerous charity events which pushed physical and mental boundaries. All this alongside opening his own gym and becoming becoming a father of two beautiful children.
In April 2014, Michael was awarded an MBE from the Queen for his contributions to numerous charities and inspiration to those overcoming adversity.
Michael discussing Ossointegration