27-year-old Kieran Wood is from Whittingham, Preston. When he was 18, he joined the Duke of Lancaster regiment as a soldier and was later posted to Iraq.
While at home on leave in February 2007, Kieran was involved in a road traffic accident when the car he was travelling in as a passenger skidded and collided with a taxi. It was a serious accident and one of Kieran’s friends died. Kieran himself suffered a severe brain injury and now experiences weakness on the right hand side of his body. He also developed epilepsy.
Kieran had intensive rehabilitation at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court and now lives back at home with his family. He has ongoing therapies and professional support paid for by his personal injury compensation.
Our solicitors dealt with the personal injury claim, which settled in 2011 with an award that included a lump sum and an ongoing periodical payment each year.
Kieran was always very sporty and, after the accident, worked in the gym to build his physical fitness.
"I wanted a sport again,” he said. “I chose rowing. You sweat, it’s hard, it’s tough, it’s fun. I love to row.”
He was selected to be part of the British Armed Forces team at the Invictus Games in 2014. Kieran competed in a 1 minute and 4 minute endurance rowing event as well as a team rowing event. He won a bronze medal for the 4 minute event and a gold medal for the British team effort overall.
"I was proud and happy. Sport helped me a lot,” he said. “Do sport, get out there and do it. It’s great.”
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