Lieutenant Paddy Rice 'luckiest soldier in Afghanistan' after Taliban sniper shooting British Army officer, Lieutenant Paddy Rice, has been described as "the luckiest soldier in Afghanistan" after surviving being shot by a Taliban sniper. By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent, Nad e'Ali, Afghanistan Published: 6:30AM GMT 22 Nov 2009 Lieutenant Paddy Rice of the 1st battalion Grenadier Guards was wounded in the back and neck while on duty in central Helmand. The bullet struck the officer just beneath his left shoulder blade, then travelled inside his back and up to his neck, where it left his body, passed his right ear before blasting a hole through his helmet. After being injured, Lt Rice, who was serving with the battalion's Inkerman Company, was flown by a Medical Emergency Response Team Chinook helicopter from his base to Camp Bastion, where his wounds were cleaned and left open for three days before being stitched under general anaesthetic. The 25-year-old Guard's Officer was offered the chance of recuperating from his wound in the UK but refused and is now back serving with his platoon on the front line in the Nad e'Ali area of central Helmand. The drama unfolded on the afternoon of October 26th, while Lt Rice was on the roof of British base known as Compound 23 in the Chah-e'Anjir area of central Helmand. The soldier was dressed in his body armour and helmet and was in a kneeling position when he was spotted by a Taliban fighter who opened fire through a "murder hole" â in a mud wall. More http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/6622802/Lieutenant-Paddy-Rice-luckiest-soldier-in-Afghanistan-after-Taliban-sniper-shooting.html?