After serving in the army for 13 dedicated years, Simon Brown’s life changed in an instant. In 2006, Simon was on a rescue mission and had just successfully rescued six of his fellow soldiers who were stranded when their vehicle broke down. As the group tried to make their escape, Simon was struck in the face by a sniper. He miraculously survived but was left partially blind. He left the army and underwent at least 25 surgeries. His cheekbones and nose were reconstructed, his jaw broken and reshaped and he was fitted with a prosthetic eye.
Simon’s newly disfigured face stripped him of his confidence. Not only did he have to adjust to losing most of his sight, but he also had to relearn how to live as an independent adult.