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In our series FOUR the Family we portrait people with the ones they love the most: their family. Meet Toninho, his wife Britt and two sons — and their story.

"Challenges are something I've always seeked. That's why I joined the Defense Forces in 2006, in the infantry. One day in Afghanistan, our squad returned from a successful mission outside of the camp. We were in a jeep and laughed at a colleague who just fell down. Suddenly there was a loud bang. The next thing I remember is waking up in the hospital in Utrecht. That’s where I discovered that I had lost my legs."

"In the rehabilitation center I had to regain my strength and learn to deal with my disability. I had to learn to fend for myself and not depend on others. I also saw a challenge in this: I wanted to rehabilitate so badly."

"Everyone fails sometimes, but to be successful, you have to take risks. “What if…” questions are pointless. In the meantime I have achieved a lot, despite my disability. I try to keep a positive mindset at all times and to always find a solution. That makes everything a lot easier. The last thing I can remember about Afghanistan is laughing. I guess that’s why I'm so positive now”

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