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.