BBC War reporter John Simpson reveals how he copes with hearing loss

'The one good thing about being deaf is I don't hear Dee's orders!': BBC War reporter John Simpson reveals how he copes with hearing loss caused by a bomb blast BBC correspondent John Simpson He has dodged bullets at the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and was one of the first reporters to enter Kabul as the Taliban regime fell in 2001, famously disguising himself in a burka. John Simpson is one of Britain’s best-loved newsmen, yet to his family and friends he is increasingly a source of frustration. For the BBC world affairs editor’s fondness for frontline reporting has come at a cost: he is profoundly deaf in his left ear, having joined the growing ranks of Britons suffering from noise-induced hearing loss

Army medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan bomb blast defies doctors to become father of baby girl

Army medic who feared bomb blast had taken away fatherhood hopes as well as his legs has baby girl Doctors feared he might not survive his injuries and needed two years of treatment “We consider ourselves lucky”, family man says Against all odds: Simon defied doctors who said he might never be able to have children An Army medic who lost both legs in Afghanistan and feared he might never have children has become a father for the first time. Sergeant Simon 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 Marisa are now the delighted parents of a little girl