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Walk a Mile in His Shoe

Lance Corporal Johno Lee, 27, an infantryman with the British Army’s Yorkshire Regiment, served two terms in Iraq, and then lost his leg to a bomb in Afghanistan. His heart stopped twice before medics could get him stabilized. Once he returned home to Coddington, he applied to the Nottinghamshire County Council for a disabled parking badge for his car. Each time he applied — three times — he was denied the special permit. The reason: he is “young and may get better,” the council told him. “What do they expect,” Lee asks, “my leg to grow back?” He parks in disabled spots anyway, since “Sometimes the leg swells so badly I can’t even get the prosthetic leg on,” and has accumulated 800 pounds (US$1,230) worth of parking tickets. Once the story hit newspapers the council said it would “urgently review” his application. (RC/London Telegraph) ...Lee: missing a leg. The council: missing a heart.
Original Publication Date: 05 September 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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