British Hero Shows Injuries After Surviving Iraq Blast

British Hero Shows Injuries After Surviving Iraq Blast

British Hero Shows Injuries After Surviving Iraq Blast

His eyes are bruised, bloodshot and haunted. But this is just the start of the injuries inflicted on this British bodyguard after surviving a suicide bomb attack in Iraq.

Former soldier David De Souza, 36, suffered a broken back, a severe head wound, and a brain hemorrhage that left him temporarily blind after he used his jeep to block the path of an assassin driving a truck laden with explosives while on protection duty in the war-torn country.

British Hero Shows Injuries After Surviving Iraq Blast

Mr De Souza, who has guarded high-profile clients from former PM Gordon Brown to U.S. actress Tara Reid, has told how he is still struggling to recover from the physical and psychological scars left by his ordeal five years on. The then bodyguard was accompanying a wealthy industrialist to a power plant as part of a three-vehicle escort when the suicide bomber attempted to ram their convoy with his truck.

Mr De Souza, who was driving behind the car carrying the industrialist, accelerated to up to 100mph to block the Iraqi's path to his client and take the brunt of the explosion before swerving around his vehicle as the truck exploded in a ball of flame. The three-tonne Land Cruiser he was driving rolled over six times in the wake of the explosion - which left the bomber dead.

British Hero Shows Injuries After Surviving Iraq Blast

He was airlifted to hospital by Black Hawk helicopter to be treated for his life-threatening injuries, before being flown back to Britain nine days later.

Five years on, the father-of-two is still suffers with memory loss after the blast, and has not been able to work since.

British Hero Shows Injuries After Surviving Iraq Blast

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