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'I survived siege of Jadotville but Covid-19 made my life flash before my eyes'

Army veteran (82) back home after three weeks battling potentially deadly virus

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Tom Gunn (82) with his dog Penny at home in Mullingar. Photo: Frank McGrath

Tom Gunn (82) with his dog Penny at home in Mullingar. Photo: Frank McGrath

Tom Gunn (82) with his dog Penny at home in Mullingar. Photo: Frank McGrath

There have only been two occasions during his 82 years when Tom Gunn experienced genuine fear.

The first was during the Siege of Jadotville when, as a 23-year-old soldier in the strife-torn Congo, he spent five days under fire.

The second, more recent and closer to home, was when he tested positive for Covid-19. "That was when my entire life flashed before me," Tom told the Irish Independent.


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