THESE heartwarming pictures show war hero Ben Parkinson walking outside on his new legs for the first time to give his doting mum flowers for Mother’s Day.
Inspirational paratrooper Ben, 27, is the most injured British servicemen to survive injuries sustained in Afghanistan after he lost both his limbs and broke his back, hips and ribs when his Land Rover hit a mine in 2006.
But thanks to sheer determination and a great sense of humour, Ben, has proved doctors wrong with his amazing progress - and his mum revealed he is even starting to get memories of his Army career back, something he thought was lost forever.
Proud mum Diane said: “Ben is just incredible in the progress he has made, it goes without saying that I’m very very proud of him. Mother’s Days are very special to me.
“Every little bit of Ben we get back is something that we shouldn’t have. It’s just fantastic.”
And asked if he had a special Mother’s Day message for his doting mum, Ben, of Bawtry Road, Bessacarr,, quipped: “I’ll have a cup of tea mum.”
Diane has also spoken of her boy’s memory coming back.
“This is the one thing that we weren’t sure Ben would ever get back,” she said.
“The doctors told us he would never walk again, be able to eat by himself or talk - but we believed he would.
“But remembering things is one thing I think Ben never believed he would regain.
“The other morning he woke up and told me he had remembered getting a rollocking from someone when he was in the Army.
“He’s just so happy to have some of these memories back, because he couldn’t remember anything from being in the Army.”
Every week, Ben travels from Doncaster to London, for eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy.
Diane said: “He’s made unbelievable progress, he’s only been going for a month but he’s got bits of his memory back already.
“It’s being used more and more for soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder but it’s never been used with someone like Ben before. Everyone at the centre is delighted with the way he’s responding.
“They use games like Sudoku and jigsaws to improve cognitive, Maths and English skills.”
Ben was recently told that he was to be discharged from the Army - meaning that funding for his rehabilitation would be cut.
But he has won a fight to have his term extended until June - when mum Diane says they’ll “keep fighting”.
“It will be a constant battle,” she said. “But while Ben is proving everybody wrong its difficult to see how they’re going to stop his rehab.”
Ben and his family have travelled down to Wootton Basset today for the Ride of Respect, where Ben will be riding on a trike along with around 10,000 other bike riders.
Diane said: “Ben is really excited about this, and obviously it gives him a chance to pay his respects.
“He wants to get himself work in charity. He’ll always work for his military charities. He is happy being a figurehead but I think he wants to do a more productive role.
“He’s also really excited about the Olympic games as he will be carrying the torch and really wants to do this walking unaided on his long legs.”