Pat Stamp was severely injured when fumes ignited while he was welding inside an offshore oil tanker in 2006.
Most of his ears and nose were burned off. Skin on the rest of his face was badly damaged. His facial injuries were beyond what can be repaired with plastic surgery.
Stamp was uncomfortable in public places where he endured long, curious stares.
A chance meeting at the 2010 World Burn Congress in Galveston, Texas, presented a possible solution.
Stamp met Bob Barron. Barron used to work with the CIA where he made disguises for spies.
He offered to work with Stamp.
Barron told Stamp he could build him new ears and a nose - removeable prosthetics that would allow him to blend into a crowd again.
It wouldn’t be cheap, but the provincial department of Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation agreed to pay the $15,000 cost.
It also covered the expense of two trips to Barron’s office in Ashburn, Virginia, near Washington D.C.