Few love affairs can have been more intense than the one Rick and Leanne Clement shared. Rick was a soldier, a sergeant in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, and his relationship with Leanne was punctuated by partings and reunions; by yearning and then passion.
But three years ago, Rick was critically injured while on duty in Afghanistan. He stepped on a Taliban mine while leading a foot patrol in Helmand Province and lost both his legs. The injuries to his lower body were, quite simply, catastrophic. Rick, 33, was not only deprived of his s*x life and his chance to have children, he also ceased to feel any physical attraction for the woman he still adored.
Loved: Despite their marriage Leanne has left Rick and the spacious four-bedroom home they shared in Blackpool because their relationship disintegrated after he stepped on a mine.