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Injured Wembley soldier to represent the army
AN INJURED soldier from Wembley will represent the army in the London 2012 medal ceremonies.
Trooper David O'Mahoney, 27, who is serving with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment based in Knightsbridge, London, suffered severe injuries when he was hit by a taxi near the Royal Albert Hall at Christmas while attending a UK-US army boxing event.
Due to the quick response of his colleagues he was stabilised at the scene until the ambulance arrived.
However, doctors said he was unlikely to live, and that if he did survive there was a risk he could be brain damaged.
Despite this, Mr O'Mahoney has almost returned to full health, and says he was 'incredibly proud' to have been selected to be part of a team raising the flags at the Olympic medal ceremonies.
Mr O'Mahoney said: "I was shocked. I feel really valued to be picked out of such a large regiment. It is quite surreal."
He said he is looking forward to raising the Union Flag and hearing the national anthem and added: "I think I might relapse with excitement if I get to do that.
"I can't wait to represent the Household Cavalry. They have become a family to me in only a few years and I am incredibly proud to be doing this."
The military personnel were picked after the Ministry of Defence asked for nominations and were selected because of their involvement in the local community or their military or sporting achievements.
After the accident Mr O'Mahoney was in a coma for several weeks and underwent serious surgery to remove a large part of damaged brain tissue.
Three months on he has returned to work at his own request after feeling bored at home.
Mr O'Mahoney was a keen sportsman and represented his regiment in boxing, however, he will never be able to do any contact sports again because of his injury.
The former Wembley High School pupil has taken part in several state occasions as a Queen's 'life guard', such as at the Queen's birthday parade.
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