Squad­die shot in head hears wed­ding bells!

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A SOL­DIER who made a mir­a­cle re­cov­ery af­ter be­ing shot in the head by the Tal­iban has mar­ried the sweet­heart who helped nurse him back to health.

Army cor­po­ral Ash­ley Irv­ing, 24, was shot by an in­sur­gent in Afghanistan in 2010.

But with ex­pert med­i­cal care and the sup­port of Amy Thur­low, 23, who he met five years ago, he made a full re­cov­ery.

Amy, a sup­port worker in Work­ing­ton, passed out with shock when she heard Ash­ley, from As­pa­tria, Cum­bria, had been shot.

She said: “At first I’d thought he was dead.

“I was at work when I got that call. Af­ter I’d wo­ken up he called me and told me what had hap­pened. He’s the love of my life.”

Amy and Ash­ley’s par­ents and sis­ter stayed at his bed­side as he be­gan re­cov­er­ing from a frac­tured skull, which meant he lost five per cent pe­riph­eral vi­sion in his right eye.

The cou­ple mar­ried at St Cuth­bert’s Church in Plum­b­land, where Amy is orig­i­nally from.

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