While serving in Afghanistan as a Royal Marine, Andy Grant took a wrong step and found himself on top of a mine. It was that misfortunate step that led to him having his leg amputed but this is where his story gets interesting.
He had a tattoo on his leg which said, “You’ll never walk alone“, and the amputation required the removal of a the part of his kneecap, which happened to contain the word “alone” – thus leaving him with a tattoo that now says, “You’ll never walk“.
Since then, the 26 year old has undergone major physical therapy and has learned how to walk and his ability to do so has been earned him a few Gold Medals at the recent Invictus Games.
During a recent interview with the BBC, he mentions, “I am a huge Liverpool fan so I had the Liver bird and the words to the song You’ll Never Walk Alone on my leg.
“The tattoo that I have been left with has always been a bit of a joke. I use it in my motivational speeches.”
Now the Royal Marine has his sights on a running world record.
“It is ironic that it says I will never walk as I have gone on to run 10 km in 40 minutes.
“At the moment I am just two minutes off a record for the 10 km for a single leg amputee and I have that in my sights.”