David Etale is a Kenyan-born motivational speaker, ex British soldier and amputee.
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David Etale was born on January 1st 1986.
David’s full name is David Opati Etale.
David Etale attended Dr Kraft Primary School where his love and passion for football grew fueled by the fact that the school produced arguably Kenya’s most famous football star, Musa Otieno.
Etale joined the Kenya Commercial Bank football club and later played for Tusker FC before joining the British Army in late 2006, an opportunity he fully welcome. David Etale was a popular striker with Edinburgh non-league side Spartans.
In 2009 at the age of 23 years, Soldier David Etale, suffered spinal injuries in the landmine explosion on a Friday in a bomb blast in Afghanistan after their convoy was attacked by suspected Taliban insurgents.He has no memory of the aftermath of the explosion in Helmand province where roadside bombs are among the main threats to UK troops and have killed dozens.
Speaking from his bed at Selly Oak military hospital, David said:
“I was in Afghanistan and there was a lot of fighting with the Taliban. On that fateful day, I woke up at 3 am and couldn’t sleep. I took my Bible and started reading then laid my head to rest until 6 am.
I was driving the lead vehicle that had our commander who was the overall captain of the brigade, and as I was driving, I ran over an IED about 50 meters from where we were holed up, the next thing I remember is waking up in a hospital in the UK,
I was unconscious so I can’t remember anything.
I fractured a bone in my spine and am waiting to see if I need an operation. My fracture is a bit complicated so they are trying to figure out how to fix it. I think I could be talking about 12 weeks here and about four months, to totally recuperate.”
“The only disability in life is having a bad attitude.”
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