Special Report | About Face: The Pat Stamp Story

The Process

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.

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Bob Barron fits Pat with his new nose and ears, building a new man. This video combines iPhone footage taken by Curtis Rumbolt and footage shot by CBC cameraman Bruce Tilley.

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Before Pat's trip to get his new nose and ears, he tell Curtis Rumbolt about the procedure he's about to go through.

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Bob Barron is a man with a colourful past. He learned how to make prosthetics while he was working with the CIA. Since he retired, he has used his skills to help people like Pat. In this interview, he tells Curtis Rumbolt how he got into the CIA, what his career was like, and why he continues his work.

Photos from Pat's personal photo collection detailing his first trip to Bob Barron's studio. Here he is having molds made that will become his new ears and nose.

Curtis Rumbolt took iPhone photos of Bob Barron working with Pat at Barron's studio in Virginia.

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