Gardener, 29, blasted off his big toe in shotgun accident when he slipped on wet grass
Jamie Cameron was on a hunting trip when he trippedEmergency call was put through to the local police station where his father works as an officer
Daily Mail Reporter
10:32 GMT, 18 April 2013
11:02 GMT, 18 April 2013
A young father is learning to walk again after accidentally shooting himself through the foot with a shotgun.
Landscape gardener Jamie Cameron, 29, was carrying the large weapon on a hunting trip in Muddiford in Devon when he slipped on wet grass.
His father Eddie works as a police officer at the local station and anxiously awaited more details after the emergency call was patched through to his station.
Shot: Jamie Cameron still has the boot he was wearing when he accidentally shot himself through the foot in Muddiford, Devon
Hole: A bullet from the shot gun ripped through Jamie Cameron's boot
Jamie's gun fired two shots – one which went straight through his right foot and blew off his big toe.
He was airlifted to hospital and survived the shooting but will have to learn to walk again after having his toe amputated and shrapnel removed from his legs.
Jamie still has the boots he was wearing during the accident – one of which has a clean hole where the shot went through.
The freak accident happened as Jamie and
his brother Stuart, 21, prepared to shoot crows at a friend's farm on April 6.
Blast: The boot was damaged in the shooting accident
Jamie said: 'I saw a few birds coming so I loaded the gun but slipped and fell to the floor.
'Two shots went off and I looked down at my boot and saw that it was torn right down through the inside.'
'I thought I was lucky it missed me. It was only when I stood up and went down to pick up the gun, which had landed in a bush, that my foot felt funny.
'I saw there was a gaping hole in the top of the boot with a lot of smoke and blood coming out. I ran up to get help off Stuart but I fell to the floor because of the pain.'
Damage: The bullet tore through Jamie Cameron's boot
Brother Stuart wrapped a coat around Jamie's leg to stem the blood while another friend raised the alarm.
Their father Eddie saw details of the 999 emergency call on his police computer and waited anxiously for news of his son's wounds.
He said: 'I knew straight away it was one of my boys. I saw the incident flash up on the screen.
'They're experienced and very safety conscious. It was just an accident, he just slipped at the wrong time.'
Jamie is now back at home with wife Louise, 27, and their two-year-old daughter Molly May, but faces months of treatment and physiotherapy to help him walk.
Recovering: Jamie Cameron can't believe 'how lucky' he is to be back with wife Louise and daughter Molly May, two
He added: 'At first all I kept thinking was that I'd blown my foot off and that I would never be able to walk again.
'I've had two operations on my foot and have had my big toe amputated.I just can't believe how lucky I am. I am fortunate that I am still here with my family.'