Baby joy for injured soldier

Sophia Harmer, aged nine and a half months, and her father, British Army medic Simon Harmer, who was injured in Afghanistan and feared he would never have children, at their home in Winchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 12, 2011. Sergeant Harmer, 35, suffered horrific injuries after stepping on a makeshift bomb while on patrol in Afghanistan. Doctors feared he might not survive but the serviceman proved them wrong and he and his wife are now the delighted parents of a little girl. See PA story DEFENCE Father. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Sophia Harmer, aged nine and a half months, and her father, British Army medic Simon Harmer, who was injured in Afghanistan and feared he would never have children, at their home in Winchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 12, 2011. Sergeant Harmer, 35, suffered horrific injuries after stepping on a makeshift bomb while on patrol in Afghanistan. Doctors feared he might not survive but the serviceman proved them wrong and he and his wife are now the delighted parents of a little girl. See PA story DEFENCE Father. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
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A SOLDIER who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan will celebrate his first Christmas as a father.

Sergeant Simon Harmer was injured by a makeshift bomb in Helmand Province while he was out on patrol.

Doctors initially feared he would lose his life but he proved them wrong and has learned to walk on two prosthetic legs.

It was revealed today that Simon and his wife Marisa are the proud parents of a little girl, Sophia, now more than nine months old.

Simon, 35, said: ‘We are over the moon.

‘Actually, over the moon is probably an understatement – over the moon and back again is probably more like it.’

Simon was only one month into his tour in Afghanistan, after training at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport, when he triggered an improvised explosive device.

He had been married to his wife, a 30-year-old schoolteacher, for just three months.

The blast, in October 2008, was so severe that Simon lost his left leg above the knee, his right leg below the knee and broke his right arm.