Soldiers are prepared to sacrifice everything, including their own lives for their countries, but when Shaun Stocker woke up in a hospital after being blown up by a bomb in Afghanistan, he realized his chances at being a father were gone. Luckily, however, one doctor’s quick thinking gave him hope.
Shaun was part of the Royal Welsh Regiment, but at the age of 19, lost both his legs, reproductive organs, and was blinded. However, while Shaun was in a coma, his doctor managed to save and freeze some of his sperm so that he could one day become a father through IVF.
“Theo is the son I never thought I’d be able to have and it is all because of the brilliance of Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown,” Shaun said. “For me personally, Theo’s arrival marks the conclusion of my rehabilitation.”
After one course of IVF, his fiancee, Persia, became pregnant with their son Theo who was born on Christmas.
“I’ve spent the past five years recovering from my injuries and getting myself fixed up physically so I’d be able to look after a family. I feel like now I have everything a man could want,” Shaun told the Daily Mail. “I knew I’d love Theo, but I never knew I’d love him this much. I’ve never been happier. It’s amazing.”
Watch the entire video below to learn more about Shaun’s story.
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[Featured image credit: Persia Haghighi]