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Afghanistan veteran’s PTSD is so severe it’s triggered by Christmas crackers

HERO'S BATTLE

THE family of a soldier with PTSD so severe Christmas crackers can trigger seizures are raising funds for treatment.

Father-of-two Neil Edwards, 40, has suffered regular attacks since 2017, after returning from a tour of Afghanistan.

The slightest of sounds like a car horn can trigger a reaction and he cannot be left unsupervised.

His wife Becky Teague-Edwards, 38, believes he may have blast trauma brain injuries and is trying to raise £5,000 for private tests and treatment.

They are currently raising money for him to be among the first in the UK to undergo a series of tests and treatments that has already shown success among soldiers in the US.

Becky, of Braunton, Devon, said: “If he does have a brain injury, the treatment is completely different. He will not be reliant on medication, the seizures could stop and we can start to live a normal family life.

“Neil would be one of the first from the UK to go on this pathway. He has had all treatment available on the NHS for PTSD, but none of it has worked as he is still having seizures.

“He can not be unsupervised at any time and his PTSD is very complex.

“If he goes to the supermarket and it’s busy he can be startled by the noise of trolleys or someone bumping into him, which can trigger a seizure.

“We can not go out anywhere as a family. We can not go to restaurants, theme parks. or on holiday at busy times. We can’t go through an airport as there are too many sounds and external factors.

“It affects every aspect of our lives.”

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