SAS hero Chris Ryan bled from mouth after drinking nuclear waste water

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SAS veteran Chris Ryan has revealed the horrific injuries he suffered during his infamous seven-day desert escape mission in Iraq.

The former soldier was a member of the ill-fated Bravo Two Zero Mission, which was tasked with finding Scud missiles in Iraq in January 1991.

But soon after landing in the country, they were compromised and three of the eight squad members were killed.

A further four, including fellow author Andy McNab were captured and subjected to gruesome interrogation techniques, while Chris managed to escape.

He made SAS history with the subsequent 190 mile trek from the heart of Iraq to the Syrian border – but the incredible feat didn't come without its consequences.

Speaking to James English on his podcast, he recalled how it was only when he reached a police station in Syria that he realised the extent of his injuries.

“I’d lost 36 pounds in body weight in seven days. Lost all my toenails, all the blisters had turned septic; there was pus coming out of them,” Chris said.

“I had what you’d know as bedsores on the sides of my leg, my back, arms, elbows… And then if I squeezed my fingernails there was pus coming out of them.

“If I sucked in my mouth, [I could taste] blood. I had a blood disorder, damaged liver, damaged kidneys. I’d drank some water that had come from a chemical plant that was full of effluent. That had burnt my mouth."

Chris explained that the hardest element of his quest for survival was dealing with the cold. He remembered waking up “covered in snow” and described how two of his squadron died from hypothermia.

As it turned out, Chris’s 200 mile journey to Syria became the longest evade and escape mission in military history.

But, even once he had reached the Syrian border, the soldier’s struggles were not over. Chris explained that he was chased through the streets until he finally reached the police station, where a mock execution took place.

Finally rescued by secret police, Chris never returned to operational duties, and has since drawn on his experiences to become a successful author, penning fiction and non-fiction novels on combat.

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