A SOLDIER who lost his arm from wounds he received in a shoot-out with Taliban fighters has been discharged from hospital.
Andrew Stockton, 39, has been recovering at Birmingham's Selly Oak Hospital after being airlifted out of Afghanistan.
Mr Stockton's parents, Ron and Joyce Stockton of Milton Green, near Chester, visited him last week.
Joyce, 63, who has received cards and flowers from well-wishers, said: "People have been very kind.
"Andrew is full of life and has been telling jokes. There are much worse cases in that hospital."
Andrew was flown back to the UK 10 days ago and the following day his parents were at his bedside along with his sons Liam, 18, who flew in from his home in Ireland, and Ben, 17, who lives with Andrew's ex-wife, Michelle Bleazard, at Barton, near Malpas.
The family are still unclear about the incident but say that, contrary to initial reports, the death of Captain Jim Philippson happened in a separate gun fight.
WO II Stockton served in Iraq and Northern Ireland. He was due to see out his last four years training TA soldiers and spending more time with his partner, Emma, at their Wiltshire home.