Appeal for former soldier left paralysed after falling from tree in Long Eaton

Dave Coupe served for 27 years in the Royal Anglian Regiment

An ex-sergeant major who served with the British Army for 27 years has been left paralysed after falling 30ft from a tree he was cutting down in Long Eaton.

Dave Coupe was rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre where it was confirmed that he had broken his spine, severed his spinal cord, broken six ribs, suffered a bleed on the brain and a collapsed lung. The 50-year-old father-of-two from Breaston, must now lie flat for two weeks and doctors do not know if he will ever walk again, according to Derbyshire Live.

Dave Coupe with his wife, Katherine
Dave Coupe with his wife, Katherine

His wife Katherine Coupe, 49, said that her husband spent 27 years serving in the Royal Anglian Regiment with the British Army. He  had previously toured Afghanistan and Northern Ireland as part of his lengthy military career, before running his own tree surgery business for over 8 years.

His family have begun to raise funds for their home to make sure it is adapted for when he is finally released. To support Mr and Mrs Coupe and their family visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/helping-dave-again

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