Heart of Invictus: Where is UK Veteran Tom Folwell now?

What happened to Tom Folwell?

Tom Folwell was 18 when he decided to enlist in the British Army, completing his basic training in June 2003 with the Dibgy-Jones Troop. He knowingly signed up to be a combatant but operated as a plant mechanic during one of his two tours of Iraq. However, in 2012 he was called out to be in Afghanistan, where, in June that same year, his world crumbled.

While on a foot patrol in Helmand Province, Tom stepped on an IED (improvised Explosive device) and lost both his legs. The next thing he knew, he was lying on the ground.

Tom was flown to Camp Bastion for life-saving surgery and then two days later was flown back to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK. They had to stop off in Cyprus en-route though as Tom developed a blood clot so they needed to stabilise him.

If losing his legs wasn’t enough, Tom also lost the tips of all four of his left hand’s fingers in the blast. He also suffered injuries to his back and had to have pins in his forearms. Coupled with rehab therapy and the obvious trauma and PTSD that came from this, Tom also suffered from sleep apnoea.


What do the Invictus Games mean to Tom?

In his own words, on the HelpForHeroes website, Tom had this to say about the Invictus Games:

“Competing in the Invictus Games will provide justification that my hard work can be rewarded, that I am still a member of the greater military family and provide me with a much-needed sense of achievement. The Games would provide my boy, who is now 8, an opportunity to experience his dad in an environment that he has never been a part of. One of brotherhood, camaraderie and excellence.

This would give him a sense of pride and an opportunity to inspire his young mind. I am always looking to learn in order to better myself. The Invictus Games provides the perfect opportunity for me to continue on this road to success.”


Where is Tom Folwell now?

Tom continues to live with his wife Tania and 8 year old son, Harvey. In his personal life, Tom admits that he’s a lot more open, he’s better at holding one to one conversations with people, and being there for his loved ones. He’s even got new prosthetic legs too.

Tom continues to compete in the Invictus games, and in fact he’s now captain of the Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby team. He’s also been trying his hand at coaching too, living up to the inspirational potential that everyone around him saw in episode 1 of the series.


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