Cobhan Mclelland, 18, arranged to meet a woman through the dating app on Sunday but, when he arrived at the address, he was allegedly assaulted by a man.
Edinburgh Live reports the man refused to let him leave the property, which is in the city.
The teenager’s family received a ‘devastating phone call’ on Sunday morning to say that the soldier had been taken to a high dependency unit in hospital.
Cobhan, originally from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, is said to have experienced ‘life-changing trauma’ after the ordeal and is receiving specialist care for both wounds and burns.
The lad shared photos of horrific facial injuries suffered in the ordeal.
A GoFundMe page has now been set up to raise money to help the teenager.
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“Our Son/Grandson/Brother has the kindest soul so we’re devastated to see the pain which he is in,” the appeal reads.
“Cobhan will now live with scars to last a lifetime, both mentally and physically. To help Cobhan, he is going to need counselling and lots of therapy.
“Although we are so lucky that Cobhan is still alive and here with us today, we’re also in great pain knowing the long road ahead of us. We’re aiming to raise money tohelp towards any therapy which Cobhan may need as there is a very high chance Cobhan may suffer with PTSD from this horrible event.
“Please help and share in any way you can. Our Family & Cobhan will forever be grateful.”
Cobhan joined the military at the age of 16, and only turned 18 in January. The family say the traumatised squaddie ‘had his whole career ahead of him.’
Squaddies at Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh, who knew Cobhan were made aware of the attack on Monday.
A spokesman for Ministry of Defence said: “We can confirm that there was an incident involving a serviceman and a civilian in the early hours of Sunday morning.
“The serviceman was taken to hospital and police are investigating the incident.”
Police Scotland has been contacted for comment.
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