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PM's help for hero.

A SOLDIER who lost both legs in Afghanistan took a tumble on the steps of 10 Downing Street yesterday.

The Prime Minister helped Private Derek Derenalagi stand back up on his prosthetic legs during the photocall for a charity rugby match.

Private Derenalagi, of 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, lost his legs when his Land Rover was blown up in Helmand province in July 2007.

The Fijian-born soldier fell heavily as he exited the front door of No10. He appeared shaken but unhurt.

He was helped up by Gordon Brown and World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio and was soon laughing and joking. He also received a friendly pat on the back from the PM.

The photocall was arranged to help publicise a St George's Day rugby match in aid of Help For Heroes.

Private Derenalagi, 33, from Bushey, Hertfordshire, joined the British Army in 2000. He has overcome his injuries to continue playing sport and uses a pair of "blades" to run.

Downing Street declined to comment on the incident.

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