20-year-old Samuel Lim grew up with a label – the ‘acid attack’ baby. In 1999, he made headlines when at three months old, a maid poured sulphuric acid down his throat out of jealousy of another maid. The attack severely damaged his tongue, throat and vocal chords. Nobody expected him to live, but he survived. He never tasted food before and eats through a gastrostomy tube inserted through the abdomen. He breathes through a tracheostomy tube inserted through the neck into his windpipe, and barely speaks due to damaged vocal chords. An independent young man who has continuously lived an active life with vigour despite his circumstance. Adept at piano and guzheng, the music-lover spends time volunteering in various community activities, and hangs out with his friends just like other teenager. The Straits Times photojournalist Jasmine Choong shares a first-person insight on her friend since Secondary 3.